Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has won the award for Class NK Tanker Operator of the Year at the 2017 Lloyd’s List Global Awards.
The winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on 27 September 2017.
This is the fourth year running that the Group has been a finalist of the Lloyd’s List Global Awards, one of the most respected awards within the international maritime industry.
The Judges said Sovcomflot is an innovative Russian state-owned enterprise which shines in a trade that has high barriers to entry, and has prospered whilst operating in some of the world’s most difficult waters environmentally.
Nikolay Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President and CFO of SCF Group, who represented the Company at the award ceremony, commented:
“It is a huge honour for us to be named Class NK Tanker Operator of the Year at the 2017 Lloyd’s List Global Awards. These awards are amongst the most coveted and independent forms of recognition available within our industry. We are delighted to see the panel of judges, comprising some of the leading industry experts, recognise SCF’s steady efforts to to grow and develop its tanker operations. This includes our introduction of innovative, state-of-the-art vessels, as well as our transformational initiative to convert the large-capacity tanker segment to the use of more environmentally-friendly LNG fuel. Such an endorsement, from respected industry peers, clearly demonstrates that SCF has its priorities right, and once again attests that SCF is justly considered a market leader.”
“In his welcoming remarks, Lloyd’s List Editor Richard Meade reminded those in attendance that many of today’s shipping technologies did not even exist when the publication hosted its first awards ceremony exactly 20 years before. To be sure, only a short while ago we could not even imagine how advanced contemporary technology would become. Seven years ago, Sovcomflot’s tanker SCF Baltica became the first large-capacity vessel to travel the full length of the Northern Sea Route, and this year, the Company’s state-of-the-art icebreaking LNG Carrier Christophe de Margerie has completed the same voyage in just six-and-a-half days.”
Previously, Sovcomflot has twice been honoured to win Lloyd’s List Global Awards: in 2010 for Company of the Year and in 2005, the Group’s President & CEO Sergey Frank was awarded Newsmaker of the Year. Additionally, Sovcomflot is a five-times finalist of the Awards: in 2016 for the Safety Award; in 2014 and 2015 – for Deal of the Year, and in both 2007 and 2008 – for the Ship of the Year Award.
Left to right: Mr Jeremy Vine (Host)/Centre: Mr Nikolai Kolesnikov, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PAO Sovcomflot/Right: Mr. Tetsuya Kinoshita, Senior Executive Vice President, Executive Director, ClassNK.