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Sovkomflot Continues Increasing Its Presence in the Segment of Suezmax Tankers

March 16, 2010

On March, 10, 2010, the fleet of Sovkomflot Group was replenished with a modern high-technology large-capacity tanker of Suezmax type; the tanker was given a name of SKF Baikal.

The solemn ceremony that took place at “Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)” (Korea) shipyard was attended by Consul General of the Russian Federation in Pusan, Valeri Yermolov, First deputy General Director of “Sovkomflot”, JSC, Eugeny Ambrosov, the crew of the tanker headed by Alexander Cherenkov, representatives of Sovkomflot group of companies and the shipbuilding yard.

158.3 thousand ton tanker SKF Baikal is designated for transportation of crude oil, and is 274 m length, 48.0 m beam and 17 m extreme draught. This was reported by IA INFOLine (

The vessel meets all national and international safety requirements of the American ABS Classification Society in full and can be operated in any navigation area.
The tanker was named after the world’s largest and deepest sweet-water lake Baikal, one of the symbols of Russia.

Sovkomflot operates world’s fourth largest fleet (deadweight) consisting of Suezmax type tankers and places orders for building such vessels basing, among other things, on the requirements of the Russian cargo base and broadening capabilities of Russian marine bulk-oil ports.

Construction of the vessels of this size at Russian shipbuilding enterprises did not seem possible until recently. However, new shipbuilding facilities appearing in Russia makes it possible to expect large-capacity vessels to be built in Russian Federation as early as 2014.


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