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17.05.16 16:03
"BF Tanker" accepted into operation the combined RST54 project platform tanker "Balt Flot 4"

On 26.04.2016 BF Tanker shipping company (Dmitry Olerskiy is the general director) accepted into operation combined RST54 project platform tanker "Balt Flot 4" of "Volgo-Don Max" type (building No. 5405) with deadweight is of 5745 tons.
Oka Shipyard is the Shipbuilder (Vladimir Kulikov is the director).
RST54 prj. is designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
British Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) issued a list and description of the best vessels of 2014 ("Significant Ships of 2014"). Combined RST54 river-sea platform tanker of "Volgo-Don Max" class, designed by Marine Engineering Bureau, is included in the top of 50 vessels of different purposes, types and dimensions (from cruise liners till super tankers) which was nominated by the oldest worldwide shipbuilder society.
On 22.10.2015 RST54 river-sea combined platform tanker "Balt Flot 3" for the first time brought dry cargo (4462 t of crushed stone) as a back voyage transportation from Karelian port of Ropruchey to Severniy River port of Moscow (limited draught is 3.50 m). This was the first RST54 vessel round voyage with loading for both directions.
"Balt Flot 4" vessel was built in accordance with signed by Shipping company "BF Tanker"on 23.09.2015 contract for 7 river-sea "Volgo-Don Max" type vessels, namely for 4 "super-fat" RST27 tankers with river/marine deadweight about 7022/5420 t and for 3 combined RST54 platform tankers with deadweight 5745 t. All vessels should be accepted for operation in 2016. PJSE "State Transport Leasing Company" (STLC) is a lessor. Two RST27 tanker are going to be built by Nizhniy Novgorod "Krasnoe Sormovo" Shipyard (Nikolay Zharkov is a general director). Other two RST27 tankers and three RST54 platform tankers are going to be built by Navashino "Oka Shipyard" (Vladimir Kulikov is a director).
According to the inclining test results of the head series' vessel, her river deadweight is 5745 t at draught 3.60 m. This is a record value for "Volgo-Don Max" vessels.
The character feature of the new concepts is "expanding" narrow places of inland water transport by using new technical decisions. Saying in other words, transportation ability is increased by maximal usage of actual way characteristics (maximal available vessel's length and breadth), and mainly by usage extremely fat hull contours, that have never used before in world's practice. Usage of RST54 combined vessels provides both directions cargo transportation (oil cargoes towards one direction and dry cargoes towards back direction); that should allow decrease highways rate due to re-forwarding some cargoes from road to water transportation. Such re-forwarded cargoes include passenger cars, that usually are brought from St.-Petersburg to central Russia by car transportation trucks and heavy containers that are prohibited for car trains transportation due to unallowable road loads.
RRR class notation is M-PR2.5 (ice30) A.
As other mixed river-sea going tankers designed by marine Engineering Bureau, RST54 vessels use full-turn rudder propellers as single movement and manoeuvre unit.
RST54 vessels satisfy Volga-Don Canal dimensions such as Volgo-Balt Way ones. Vessel's overall length is of 140.85 m, breadth is of 16.60 m, depth is of 6.00 m. She belongs to the "Volgo-Don Max" class.
Tanker cargoes with flashpoint restriction for 60°C is provided in 10 cargo tanks (total capacity of 5446 cub.m.) and 2 slop tanks (total capacity of 207 cub.m.). All cargo tanks are separated from outer shell by double sides and double bottom. Dimensions of double constructions meet requirements of International MARPOL 73/78 Convention.
Cargo system provides closed cargo receiving by shore equipment and cargo discharge by vessel's submersible pumps. Manifolds provide cargo intake and discharge by both sides; they are arranged in the middle and aft parts of the cargo area. Transitional connectors are foreseen in the vessel's supply in order to provide manifolds' coupling with different diameters hoses. Maximal loading capacity for each cargo or slop tank is of 600 cub.m/hour. Summarizes loading capacity for the whole vessel is of 1200 cub.m/hour.
Heating system is served by two steam boilers (capacity of 2.5 t/hour); it provides cargo temperature keeping at level +60°C (when temperature of outboard air is not less than -10°C) and cargo heating from 50°C till 60°C during 36 hours.
Cargo area on the upper deck with 2 m barrier is intended for transportation of cargo that doesn't suffer from wetting (e.g. gravel, rolled metal, heavy containers, cars, etc.). Main deck shell within cargo area is designed for loading 5.5 t/sq.m and for grabs working. Main loading condition is 4700 t of gravel transportation on the open deck.
2-tier containers transportation is foreseen on the main deck; containers are installed on dunnage. Heavy 36 t TEU (120 pcs.) may be transported; these containers cannot be handled by car trains. Vessel's electric station provides ability to transport 45 refrigerator containers.
There is possibility to arrange special removing constructions that can be transformed into 2 additional car decks. Cars loading/unloading are carried out by their own through coastal ramps. Number of transported cars depends on their maximal dimensions (270-350 ones).
Two medium-speed diesels of 1200 kW each are used as main engines; they use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of IFO380. There is 230 kW bow thruster.
Speed (due to the draught of 3.6 m and 85% of ME power) is 11.0 kn.
Ship's electric power plant consists of 3 diesel-generators of 296 kW capacity, and emergency diesel-generator of 62 kW capacity.
Crew consists of 12 people (14 + 1 places).
Vessel's autonomy is of 20 days (due to fuel, water and provision reserves).
Keel of the lead vessel of RST54 prj. "Balt Flot 1" (building No. is 5401) was laid down on 16.12.2013. She was launched 10.07.2014. Vessel was accepted for operation on 22.10.2014.
Keel of the second vessel "Balt Flot 2" (building No. is 5402) was laid down on 24.01.2014. She was launched on 26.08.2014. Vessel was accepted for operation on 27.04.2015.
Keel of the third vessel "Balt Flot 3" (building No. is 5403) was laid down on 05.03.2014. She was launched on 24.10.2014. Vessel was accepted for operation on 27.04.2015.
Keel of the fourth vessel "Volga Flot 10" (building No. is 5404) was laid down on 10.04.2014. She was launched on 16.04.2015. Vessel was accepted for operation on 27.11.2015.
Keel of the fifth vessel "Balt Flot 4" (building No. is 5405) was laid down on 28.05.2014. She was launched on 19.11.2015. Vessel was accepted for operation on 26.04.2016.
Keel of the sixth vessel "Balt Flot 5" (building No. is 5406) was laid down on 28.08.2014. She was launched on 17.03.2016.
Keel of the seventh vessel "Balt Flot 6" (building No. is 5407) was laid down on 28.10.2014. She was launched on 21.04.2016.