Sovcomflot, NOVATEK and Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center have signed an agreement to develop a ship repair cluster in the Russian Far East. The ceremony took place on the eve of the VI Eastern Economic Forum as part of a trilateral workshop at the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in Primorsky Krai.
The agreement was signed by Andrey Shishkin, CEO of FESRC and Vice President for Energy, Localisation and Innovation of Rosneft; Igor Tonkovidov, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, and Sergey Frank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SMART LNG.
The agreement provides for expanding the cooperation between the parties in servicing and repairing vessels and vessel equipment using the facilities of the ship repair cluster.
The same day at Zvezda, a keel-laying ceremony was held for a new 51,000-dwt MR product carrier ordered by SCF to transport gas condensate in the Baltic under a 20-year time charter to NOVATEK. The vessel is designed to use LNG as its primary fuel. In total, SCF ordered from Zvezda three such tankers scheduled for delivery during 2022-2023.