Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and GTT have entered into a Cooperation Agreement on September 5th 2012 in order to further enhance their common capabilities in the field of LNG Carriers in various environments.
This follows the Approval in Principal granted by RS to GTT technologies in 2010. Since then RS and GTT have continued their discussions which have led to this Agreement.
RS was selected by Sovcomflot to class the membrane LNG Carriers ordered from STX (Korea). Simultaneously GTT is engaged in partnerships with several Russian entities to validate its technologies in the harsh Arctic conditions.
On this occasion, Philippe Berterottière GTT President & CEO declared: “It is a great honor for us to sign this Agreement with RS which has a unique knowledge in Arctic sea navigation. We are looking forward to very promising results from this cooperation.”
“The cooperation agreement with GTT is a great opportunity to combine the expert knowledge of both partners. It is a big step towards classification of the membrane type LNG carriers intended for Arctic operations. In view of the growing interest for navigation along Northern Sea Route we just should not let this opportunity pass,” – said RS CEO Mikhail Ayvazov.
Source: RS, September 7, 2012; Image: Sovcomflot