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26 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 01:30 GMT+2

September 8, 2020

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Novatek and Sovcomflot order 10 more ships for natural gas liquefied icebreaker

They will be used, like the five already commissioned, Arctic LNG 2 project

SMART LNG, a joint venture between Russia's Novatek and Sovcomflot (SCF), has signed contracts with VEB. RF, Russia's economic development, and with the Zvezda Shipbuilding shipyard Complex for the construction of ten liquefied natural gas ships Icebreaker. At the same time, SMART LNG has signed rental agreements long-term related to these ten units with the Arctic LNG 2, a gas field company Gyda Peninsula, in the Siberian Arctic, which is the head of the Novatek.

The ten ships will be added to the five units of the same type ordered in recent months. "The contracts construction and rental for 15 Arc7 LNG ships signed between 2019 and 2020 - explained the president and CEO SCF' Igor Tonkovidov - allow the Russian community shipping to play a role in transporting cargoes strategic importance to the Russian economy that are generated on large-scale from energy projects in the Russian Arctic. These contracts will also help to further develop our national experience in ice navigation and create more than 850 new jobs for seafarers Russians, since all 15 ships will have Russian crews.

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