Gazprom Neft has completed construction of Russia’s first LNG bunkering vessel

Gazprom Neft has completed construction of Russia’s first LNG bunkering vessel

Construction of Russia’s first ever bunkering vessel — for natural gas (LNG) refuelling of cargo and passenger ships — is now complete: the final stage of building the Dmitry Mendeleev having involved testing of gas and cryogenic (freezing) equipment, loading systems, and LNG storage and offloading pumps and compressors.* The vessel will shortly begin its maiden voyage towards its fixed berthing.

This bunkering vessel, named after the great Russian chemist Dmitry Mendeleev, will provide ship-to-ship LNG transportation and refuelling at ports throughout the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea — including St Petersburg, Ust-Luga, Primorsk, Kaliningrad and Vyborg.**

“LNG is going to play a key role in the decarbonisation of maritime transport, in the medium term.*** Thanks to its high environmental and performance features, LNG is set to take a significant market share in sales of marine fuels in international shipping. In successfully implementing Russia’s first project to build an LNG bunkering vessel, Gazprom Neft has, effectively, created a new market sector for the country — in marine gas motor fuel — from scratch. This year will see us starting commercial LNG operations in the Baltic region.”, Anatoly Cherner, Gazprom Neft Deputy Chairman of the Management Board stated.


Liquefied natural gas (LNG) consists mainly of methane, artificially liquefied by cooling to −160°C — at which point the volume of gas is reduced 600-fold, for convenience in storage and transportation. The ecological and economic benefits of LNG mean it is increasingly used as marine fuel instead of traditional fuels.

* “Ship-to-ship” bunkering involves ships being refuelled directly from the deck of a specialist bunkering vessel. This technology means bunkering can be undertaken when ships are moored or docked at a pier.

** MARPOL refers to the “International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships”. An amendment to the main treaty in early 2015 introduced further regulation governing the permissible amount of sulphur in marine fuels used in vessels covering Sulphur Emission Control Areas **(SECA, covering shipping zones including the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel, where vessels are required to switch to low-sulphur fuels). With effect from 1 January 2020 the requirements of the MARPOL Convention forbidding the use of fuels with sulphur content above 0.5 percent have come into force throughout international navigation.

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