Bunker building

Giant Russian tanker owner Sovcomflot is planning to order a series of bunker vessels at the domestic Nevsky Shipyard.

The company and Nevsky parent North-Western Shipping have signed a cooperation agreement which should see an unspecified number of tankers produced over the next few years.

The vessels will be ice-strengthened and come in three sizes: 2,000 dwt, 4,000 dwt and 6,000 dwt.

The companies will first study the “technical and commercial issues of the project,” the yard said.

The scheme comes under the auspices of Russia’s transport infrastructure development policy up to 2020.