Novoship named new Suezmax tanker after Leonid Loza
On 17 December 2010, the naming ceremony for the new 156,000 dwt crude carrier ordered by Novoship, SCF Group, took place in China at Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries. The tanker was named in honour of Leonid Loza, a significant person in the history of the Russian shipping industry. As the Head of Novorossiysk Shipping Company, with his knowledge and experience he favoured its development in the most challenging period for modern Russia - the 1990s. Under the management of Leonid Loza, Novorossiysk Shipping Company became a joint-stock company. On his initiative, the Fleet Renewal Programme for 1992-2001 was implemented. Those newbuildings formed the basis of Novoship on the threshold of the new millennium.
The Leonid Loza is the last vessel in the series of four Suezmax-type tankers ordered in accordance with Novoship's Fleet Renewal Programme for 2006-2010. The other three tankers - NS Burgas, NS Bora and NS Bravo - were delivered within the past 1.5 years.
The B-series vessels have the following specifications:
- length on average - 274.5 m
- breadth moulded - 48 m
- depth - 23.7 m
- draft - 17 m
- service speed (open water) - 15 knots
- carry up to three different grades of cargo simultaneously
The crew of the Leonid Loza consists of 23 highly qualified Russian seafarers. The experienced Captain Alexander Pchelkin will run the vessel on her maiden voyage.
The design and operational characteristics of the B-series vessels are in compliance with the ultimate requirements of Oil Majors as well as the requirements set by international and national conventions related to safety of navigation and protection of marine environment. Lloyd's Register has granted the Leonid Loza the Environmental Protection Class, which demonstrates conformity to the highest possible industry ecological standards. Besides, the vessel has got the Green Passport.
The SCF fleet expansion by the addition of technologically advanced Suezmax tankers corresponds to SCF Group's Strategy for 2010-2015 which envisages keeping the company's share of this segment of the global tanker market.
Construction of such vessels at Russia's shipyards has not been possible till recently. However, new shipbuilding facilities which have appeared in the country, will allow Russia to plan the building of large tankers from 2014.
Sovcomflot (SCF) Group believes its modern, well-maintained fleet is a significant competitive advantage in the global market. At present there are 16 new vessels on order representing 1.57 million deadweight tonnes.
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