Icebreaking LNG Carrier Completes First Ship-to-Ship Transfer of Yamal LNG

Yamal LNG ship-to-ship transfer
Photo: SCF Group

The LNG carrier Pskov has completed the first ship-to-ship transfer of liquified natural gas produced at the Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic, Russian shipping firm SCF Group said Monday.

The cargo transshipment was carried out at the safe anchorage off the port of Honningsvåg, Norway, where the Pskov met up with the Yamal LNG-chartered icebreaking LNG carrier Vladimir Rusanov.

During the STS operation, Pskov loaded some 170,000 cubic meters of liquefied gas delivered from the Port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula.

Pskov is now proceeding to her planned point of discharge in Dunkirk, France, according AIS ship tracking data.

yamal lng sts transfer
Photo: SCF Group

Vladimir Rusanov is one of 15 icebreaking Arc7 LNG carriers ordered to service Yamal LNG. The unique vessels support year-round transportation of LNG along the Northern Sea Route to ports in Europe and Asia.

“The successful STS transfer to Pskov signals a new phase for the development of the logistics supporting Yamal LNG, the international LNG production and delivery project successfully implemented in Russia. STS transfers enable shorter round voyages for Arc7-ice class Arctic LNG carriers of the Christophe de Margerie series, which increases the efficiency of their operation and consequently of the project in general,” SCF said in a press release.

The SCF-operated Pskov and also the SCF Melampus are expected to engage in more STS operations for Yamal LNG in the future.