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Sovcomflot is the largest shipping company operating in Russia, specialising in the transportation of hydrocarbons in icy conditions in some of the world’s most challenging regions. The company is a global leader in its field, providing support and servicing to offshore oil and gas exploration and production sites along with maritime hydrocarbon shipping services.

Victor Olerskiy has served on the board of directors for PAO Sovcomflot since 2017. The Sovcomflot fleet is comprised of 146 vessels, approximately a third of which have a high ice class. You can learn more about some of the Sovcomflot vessels in the infographic attachment to this post.

The Founding of Sovcomflot

Sovcomflot was founded in 1988 as one of the first re-formations in modern Russia of a joint-stock commercial enterprise, becoming an all-union commercial association for foreign trade. The founders of the Sovcomflot enterprise were a collection of the maritime shipping companies of the country along with the USSR’s Minmorflot. At the time of its founding, the Sovcomflot fleet had a deadweight of 1.6 million tonnes. Today’s fleet has a combined deadweight of more than 12.7 million tonnes.

The joint-stock enterprise of Sovcomflot was unique in Russia at the time of its founding more than 30 years ago. The enterprise was established due to an identified need to boost the foreign shipping industry’s foreign currency earning capacity and increase revenues from foreign companies, as well as to strengthen the country’s maritime transport industry’s technical and material base. Early objectives included improving and developing the USSR’s Ministry of Maritime Transport’s commercial activities in the international navigation field.

In the PDF attachment to this post, you can discover more about the history of the Maritime Fleet of the USSR, precursor to the founding of Sovcomflot.

SCF Management Services

SCF Management services has its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, working closely with other members of the SCF Group in Novorossiysk, St. Petersburg and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in Russia and Limassol in Cyprus. This network of technical management teams is located in key geographical areas for the management of the Sovcomflot fleet. The company’s own and chartered vessels are all managed through this network, which also offers service provision to other international shipping companies.

SCF Management takes control of ensuring a safety culture across the company both onshore and off, prioritising strict adherence to industrial requirements both within Russia and internationally, evaluating operational results with honesty, transparency and openness, and ensuring the fleet is permanently ready for response in emergency situations.

The Christophe de Margerie Vessel

One of the newest additions to the Sovcomflot fleet is the Christophe de Margerie, ordered for the Yamal LNG project. The vessel is the first in a planned series of LNG carriers with icebreaking capability, able to sail independently in conditions of up to 2.1-metre thickness of ice.

The Christophe de Margerie has been assigned the Arc7 ice class, which is the highest among all current existing merchant vessels. The ship was designed for the transportation all year round of liquefied natural gas, meeting the challenging conditions of the icy waters in the Gulf of Ob and Kara Sea regions.

You can find out more about Christophe de Margerie, for whom the vessel was named, in the short video attachment to this post.