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New Russian tanker Aframax refueled with highly environmentally friendly fuel from Rosneft

New Russian tanker Aframax refueled with highly environmentally friendly fuel from Rosneft
Photo: Press Service of the Government of Primorsky Krai
The first Russian Aframax tanker Vladimir Monomakh, which, by mid-May, had left the slipway of the Zvezda Primorye plant, was prepared for sea trials. During the tests, specialists plan to check the reliability of power plants, navigation equipment and ship equipment systems, as well as assess the controllability, stability of the tanker and other functions of key ship systems.

“Vladimir Monomakh” is a new generation tanker, with the main functional - oil transportation in an unlimited navigation area. The ship was designed in compliance with high environmental safety standards. Two ship power plants (main and auxiliary) can operate on different types of fuel: traditional and environmentally friendly - liquefied natural gas. For a high level of environmental safety, Aframax type tankers are called "green".

“Sea giants” with such characteristics have not yet been built in Russia. The length of the vessel is 250 meters (more than two football fields), width 44 meters (about 17 storey building in horizontal position), deadweight 114 thousand tons (75 thousand passenger cars also weigh), speed 14,6 knots, ice class ICE-1A. In total, the order portfolio of SSK Zvezda includes a series of 12 tankers of this type. Today, the construction of four tankers is already underway at the shipyard.

Rosneft supplied more than 300 tons of highly environmentally friendly fuel (DMF type III) to the Vladimir Monomakh tanker to complete the sea and mooring tests. Fuel meets all modern environmental requirements - for example, its sulfur content does not exceed 0,5%, which fully complies with the requirements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). For tanker refueling, fuel was delivered to the shipyard from the Komsomolsk refinery. The bunkering of the vessel was first performed by Rosneft Bunker. The refueling of the vessel was in compliance with all the rules of marine and environmental safety. It is worth noting that the production of a new type of fuel has been established not only at the Komsomolsk refinery, but also at other Rosneft refineries.

On behalf of the President of Russia V.V. Putin's shipbuilding complex Zvezda is being created by a consortium led by Rosneft. The holding’s “basket” will include vessels with a displacement of up to 350 thousand tons, elements of offshore platforms, ice-class vessels, commercial vessels for transporting goods, special vessels and other types of marine equipment of any complexity, characteristics and purposes, including equipment that was previously Russia was not produced in the absence of the necessary launching and hydraulic structures.

It is worth noting that Rosneft has traditionally paid great attention to environmental issues at all its facilities. In 2018, the Company approved a public position - “Rosneft: Contribution to the Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals”, reaffirming its commitment to high social and environmental standards. As part of the Rosneft-2022 strategy, the company strives to achieve leadership in the field of minimal environmental impact and high environmental friendliness of production, and also plans to become one of the leading international companies in terms of specific greenhouse gas emissions. According to the program, until 2022, Rosneft plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 million tons. To achieve this indicator, a comprehensive project for the utilization of associated petroleum gases is being implemented. For five years, Rosneft invested over 125 billion rubles in the development of this technology. As a result, the level of APG utilization at mature assets of the company exceeded 90%.

It is also worth noting that in January 2020, Rosneft joined the implementation of the Ecology National Project. The company will collaborate with the agency in the field of biodiversity conservation. In general, since 2014, Rosneft has been implementing a number of programs and projects for the conservation of biological diversity in the regions of its presence. These are, for example, the Evenki Deer and Geese Evenkia projects in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Siberian Sable, programs for the study and conservation of polar bears, walruses, and the Amur tiger population. In 2018, the company initiated a comprehensive research project aimed at studying the Black Sea dolphins.

The implementation of large-scale environmental projects received well-deserved recognition - the company was awarded the annual Kommersant Initiative Prize in the Ecology nomination. In total, over the past two years, Rosneft’s green investments amounted to 80 billion rubles.
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