Sovcomflot (SCF Group) takes sustained efforts to train personnel for the Company’s fleet in partnership with the three leading Russian marine universities: Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping (St. Petersburg); Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University (Novorossiysk), and Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University (Vladivostok).
This long-lasting, mutually beneficial partnership meets Sovcomflot’s future demand for personnel and allows filling vacancies that become open as a result of staff rotation.
Sovcomflot’s collaboration with the three universities is based on long-term strategic partnership agreements signed with each university. Under these agreements, Sovcomflot offers university cadets to complete their required navigational practice onboard the Company’s vessels. Sovcomflot’s capabilities of providing such practice are divided between the three partner universities. In 2021, 211 cadets completed this practice in Sovcomflot’s vessels, about half of them from Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University.
Another key area of collaboration is targeted training of future Sovcomflot officers (navigators, engineers, and electrical engineers). Cadets enrolled in targeted training programmes are offered priority job placement with Sovcomflot upon their graduation. In 2021, SCF’s targeted training group in Admiral Makarov University numbered 82 cadets, while simialr group in Admiral Nevelskoy University numbered 81 cadets.
The Company also provides support for the faculty and postgraduates, which includes organising regular internships for teaching staff. Sovcomflot assists universities in upgrading and renewing their basic infrastructure, facilities and equipment.
Since May 2020, Sovcomflot introduced additional requirements for the maritime university graduates applying for positions on SCF’s vessels:
The LNG carrier «Christophe de Margerie» became the first ever large-capacity cargo vessel to complete an eastward passage through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in May 2020, two months earlier than when summer navigation in the eastern part of the Russian Arctic traditionally commences. Thus, the NSR transit window has been significantly extended, as navigation in this part of the NSR commences traditionally only in July. The voyage took 21 days, the travelled distance was 6,047 nautical miles, average speed was 11,7 knots. During the voyage a massive dataset regarding ice conditions in the eastern part of the NSR was collected, which will be taken into account while planning the logistics of future Arctic projects and designing next generations of the Arctic vessels, including icebreakers and high ice-class vessels.
In 2021, Sovcomflot hired 69 graduates from Russian maritime universities for officer positions. Their grade average was 4.7.