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17.05.07 14:26
The first cargo voyage of CNF03 prj. ferry "SMAT" has been completed

On May, 17, 2007 in the port of Poty (Georgia) successful unloading of five eight-axle electric locomotives VL10 with weight of 200 tons each was realized. The wagons have arrived on board of CNF03.01 prj. train ferry "SMAT".
The two-sectional electric direct current VL10 locomotives with capacity of 5360 kW arrived from Caucasus port (Russian Federation) as humanitarian help for Armenia from RJSC "Russian railways" side. Their overall length is of 32.84 m, breadth is of 3.16 m and height is of 4.25 m.
Cargo load in the port Caucasus was made in the evening on May, 14. Vessel approached on roads of the port of Poty on May, 16.
Vessel's loading, unloading and transition were realized without any remarks.
Ferry "SMAT" was built at the Kherson shipyard (Vasiliy Fedin is a general director) of "Reserve capital corporation" company for operation on railway ferry lines: the port of Caucasus (Russian Federation) - the port of Poty (Georgia), the port of Caucasus - the port of Samsoon (Turkey).
Project CNF03.01 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB), Odessa.
The vessel's running test was held on March, 26-27, 2007. Ferry "SMAT" speed was 10 kn with 75% usage of two diesel-generators capacity during test.
Good manoeuvrability in the constrained conditions is ensured by two thrusters. Vessel could make full turn without side shifting. Successful linking and rolling-on of wagons in port of Poty confirmed the project decisions and test results.
Vessel is designed and built for Russian River Register class of M-SP 3.5 (Nikolay Efremov is a general director of Russian River Register). Project designing and ferry building was supervised by Verkhne-Volzhskiy branch of RRR (Valery Lobastov is the head of the branch).
Vessel is assigned for transportation of railway wagons and vehicles, and also ISO containers, dangerous goods of 1.4S, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes and large-sized cargoes.
Vessel's overall length is of 150.32 m, length between perpendiculars is of 140.31 m, overall breadth is of 22.0 m, moulded breadth is of 21.0 m, depth is of 7.15 m. The vessel's sizes are record for the vessels built for the Russian River Register class.
Deadweight is about 6500 tons with cargo waterline draught of 3.80 m that allows to make transportation from shallow water of Caucasus port (Russian Federation) to the port of Samsoon (Turkey) and to the port of Poty (Georgia) to provide cargo transportation on line Russia - Turkey, Russia - Armenia.
The deckhouse and engine-room are located fore, propulsion motors are stern located.
Railway wagons are placed on five railway lines of upper deck.
Tank cars capacity is of 50 units (length between coupling gauges is of 12020 mm).
Freight car capacity is of 38 units (length between coupling gauges is of 14730 mm).
Passenger car capacity is of 22 units (length between coupling gauges is of 24540 mm).
Supersize automobiles capacity is of 64 units.
TEU capacity is 106 units in one level (depending on containers weight total TEU amount can reach 318 units).
In combination with small draft CNF03.01 prj. ferry has no analogues in the world by quantity of wagons taken aboard.
There are Russian and European standard railway lines on the ferry. This is feature of the ferry "SMAT".
Loading-unloading is of one-level type, that essentially reduces the price of coast terminals and provides loading-unloading of train during 1.0 - 1.5 hours.
The cargo deck is designed for transportation of 50 wagons with weight up to 97 tons each, possible load of vehicles' axle is of 12 tons.
The increase of weight loading one technics unit is allowed with smaller quantity of objects. It was used during transportation of five heavy 200-ton electric locomotives.
Cargo deck sizes (length is of 122.7 m, breadth is of 21.0 m) allow to transport so-called "project" cargoes which are impossible to place on usual vessels. Presence of fore located deckhouse practically does not restrict height of large-sized cargoes.
The vessel is of double-screw type. Cruising speed is of 10.0 kn. Vessel has two thrusters.
Autonomy is of 15 day. Crew consists of 16 persons (23 places).
Vessel's "SMAT" keel was laid down on 01.10.05. She was launched on 27.09.06 and was put into operation on 30.03.07.
Second vessel of a series is "FERUZ". Her keel was laid down on 14.10.05. She was launched on 03.05.07.