To Severnaya Oil Storage Company, sustainability means that our choices today must contribute to our long-term relevance in society. It boils down to a simple question: if we continue to do the things that we do today, will we still be a leader tomorrow? Our choices today must contribute to our long-term relevance in society, and not just limited to customer satisfaction. So sustainability means keeping our company relevant, healthy and fit for the future.

Environmental Care

The care for our environment is an integrated part of our ‘License to operate’, which means that Severnaya Oil Storage Company aims to minimize its impact on its surroundings and areas of biodiversity. This includes energy consumption, emissions, treatment of contaminated water, use of the surface area, and care for areas of high biodiversity. Our objectives on environmental care are to be energy and water efficient and to reduce emissions and waste. In pursuing these objectives, we consistently comply with guidelines as set out in operating licenses, legislation and our own global standards. Our role and responsibility is to provide safe, efficient and clean liquid bulk storage and handling services. We abide by existing rules and regulations as a minimum and adopt best practices whenever possible. And we explore ways to facilitate the introduction of more sustainable technologies, processes and products.

The main fields for innovative activities and scientific, research and development, and technological projects of Severnaya Oil Storage Company are as follows:

  • Conducting research, calculations and experiments to select optimal parameters for the main propulsion machinery in vessels in terms of their energy efficiency and environmental impact reduction;
  • Developing the ship owner’s technical requirements for Aframax-class tankers operating on a three-fuel main engine (heavy and diesel fuel, gas);
  • Providing significant input to the Shell Delivery Procedures Manual for LNG bunkering guidelines, the first industry document of its kind;
  • Ensuring a project engineering plan for a vessel service life of up to 25 years in the most difficult North Atlantic winter conditions (equivalent to a 40-year service life in other ocean areas);
  • Applying strength calculations and fatigue characteristics of hull structures according to the new rules for vessel construction;
  • Conducting research, calculations and experiments on selected optimal hull structures and parameters for propeller-rudder systems;
  • Working out methodological recommendations to ensure navigational safety for large tonnage tankers and LNG tankers during year-round navigation.