Sovcomflot Group’s Shturman Albanov Arctic shuttle tanker has delivered its first batch of crude oil to the port of Murmansk in Russia. 

Approximately 34,000t of crude oil was produced at Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port field and was loaded at the Arctic Gate terminal, near Cape Kamenny in the Gulf of Ob.

Sovcomflot ordered a series of Shturman Albanov tankers under a contract with Gazprom. They were designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal Peninsula to the port of Murmansk for the whole year.

The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) assigned the vessels an ice-class Arc7, while Sberbank CIB financed construction of three vessels of the series.

The tanker joined the company’s fleet on 16 August and has been designed based on the specific features of the Gulf of Ob waters where some areas are around 10m-deep.

It has the capability to operate in the Arctic at temperatures as low as -45°? and its propulsion system comprises two Azipod thrusters with a total capacity of 22MW.

"We have made transit voyages along the Northern Sea Route during the summer navigation periods."

Shturman Albanov captain Vyacheslav Gafurov said: “Sovcomflot is already involved in all offshore projects in Russia’s high-latitudes, and this is not our first year of such experience.

“We have mastered year-round navigation in the Pechora and Barents Seas well. We have made transit voyages along the Northern Sea Route during the summer navigation periods.

“Now the time has come for the Novy Port and Yamal LNG projects, for the Kara Sea. To further enhance the level of preparation of navigational officers, we have had special training courses and programmes designed, for example, a programme simulating actual navigation conditions in the Kara Sea.”


Image: Shturman Albanov tankers were designed to carry crude oil from the Yamal Peninsula to the port of Murmansk in Russia. Photo: © PAO Sovcomflot.