Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and French marine engineering firm Gas Transport & Technigaz (GTT), announced that they have entered into a cooperation agreement earlier this month in order to further enhance their common capabilities in the field of LNG Carriers in various environments.
In a statement to reporters, RS CEO Mikhail Ayvazov notes this agreement is, “a big step towards classification of the membrane type LNG carriers intended for Arctic operations. In view of the growing interest for navigation along Northern Sea Route we just should not let this opportunity pass.”
RS was selected by Sovcomflot to class the membrane LNG Carriers ordered from STX Shipbuilding. Simultaneously GTT is engaged in partnerships with several Russian entities to validate its technologies in the harsh Arctic conditions.
On this occasion, Philippe Berterottière GTT President & CEO declared: “It is a great honour for us to sign this agreement with RS which has a unique knowledge in Arctic sea navigation. We are looking forward to very promising results from this cooperation.”