Namely, the vessel has been moved to dock for final installation of navigation systems and controls, and installation of key equipment rooms. What is more, sea trials are scheduled for spring 2021.

As explained, the LNG-bunkering vessel, named in honour of the great Russian chemist and researcher Dmitry Mendeleev, will join Gazprom Neft’s fleet in the second half of 2021.

This new vessel will provide transportation and bunkering of low-tonnage LNG fuel at ports in the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea, including St Petersburg, Ust-Luga and Primorsk.

The Gazprom Neft LNG-bunkering vessel has involved cutting-edge shipbuilding and LNG storage and transportation technologies, while its equipment is fully compliant with international MARPOL Convention standards and ECO-S environmental certification.

In fact, the vessel has been designed on the basis of “zero emissions”, with its propulsion system fuelled by LNG stripping-gas.

Our company was the first in Russia to initiate a project on building a LNG-powered vessel for bunkering. This is a key stage in developing domestic eco-friendly shipping. Completing the construction and commissioning of our own high-tech LNG-bunkering vessel next year will mark another major step forward here.

...Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales, Gazprom Neft said.

Concluding, the LNG-bunkering vessel is 100 metres in length, 19 metres wide, and can transport up to 5,800 m3 of liquid natural gas.