Russian shipowner Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines have inked long-term charter deals for six specialised Arc7 LNG carrier newbuildings.

The ships will be chartered by the operator of the Novatek-led Arctic LNG 2 project, which is under construction in Russia. The newbuildings, which are worth $280m each, were ordered earlier this month.

Novatek said that including the previously signed charter agreements for 15 similar LNG carriers to be built at Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex in Russia: "The project has successfully completed chartering of the required ice-class tanker fleet."