SovComFlot: Calls for enhanced safety measures on Northern Sea Route

Working meeting held between Sovcomflot CEO Sergey Frank and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Leading Russian shipping company SCF Group (Sovcomflot) has called for the Russian government to continue its drive to improve navigational safety measures on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and for a ban on substandard ships and crews sailing in the environmentally sensitive region. The move follows significant shipping traffic growth along the NSR and further projected growth.

During the meeting, held on 10 July with the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, President and CEO of SCF Group (Sovcomflot) Sergey Frank stressed the necessity of taking additional measures to ensure navigation safety along the NSR given the significant growth of freight traffic in that area.

In 2018, just the two energy projects in the Gulf of Ob (Novy Port and Yamal LNG), both served by SCF vessels, are expected to generate around 11.5 million tonnes of freight alone, almost doubling the Soviet-era NSR peak record of 6.6 million tonnes in 1987. SCF shuttle tankers has commenced year-round oil shipments from Novy Port for the first time as recently as September 2016, and Yamal LNG is expected to come onstream in late 2017.

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