Composition of the fleet
As of 31 December 2018, the Group’s fleet included 144 vessels with a total deadweight of 12,443 thousand tonnes.
|Vessels by type||Number of vessels||Total deadweight, ’000 tonnes|
|Crude oil tankers||53||59||59||7,006||7,653||7,653|
|LNG and LPG carriers||13||13||12||870||870||790|
|Multifunctional icebreaking vessels||10||9||6||38||35||25|
|Seismic exploration vessels and chartered vessels||2||2||2||7||7||7|
For more information about the fleet, broken down by division, see section Company’s profile of this Report. Detailed information about the vessels and their technical characteristics is available on SCF Group’s website in the List of vessels section.
In 2018 the Company continued to add new vessels to its fleet in accordance with the adopted strategy and long-term development programme aimed at promoting growth and renewal of the fleet as well as its technological enhancement and improvements in energy efficiency. During the year the SCF Group fleet was augmented by 4 vessels delivered by shipyards under previously concluded shipbuilding contracts (for more details see section 3.2.3. of this Report, Implementation of the shipbuilding programme).
The Long-Term Development Programme of PAO Sovcomflot provides for timely disposal of older vessels, as dictated by market conditions and prescribed by conventions, registries, and other national and international requirements (those of the International Maritime Organisation, classification societies, and charterers).
During 2018 Sovcomflot Group sold 10 over-age vessels in the second hand vessel market (nine Aframax tankers and one MR product tanker with an average age of over 17 years and a total deadweight of about one million tonnes).
Therefore, in 2018 the number of vessels in the Group’s fleet decreased by 4%. Its total deadweight decreased by 693 thousand tonnes or by 5.3%.
The average age of the Group’s fleet at the end of 2018 was 10.2 years, which is 12% less than the average for leading shipping companies (according to Clarksons).
|Vessels by type||Average age in years|
|Crude oil tankers||11.2|
|LNG and LPG carriers||7.4|
|Multifunctional icebreaking vessels||6.9|
|Research vessels and chartered vessels||7.1|
|SCF Group fleet||10.2|