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07.09.07 10:38
Vessel of "Caspian Express" type delivered first modules for Astrakhan cardio center carrying out Russian national project "Zdorovye"

On September 6, 2007 003RSD04 prj. dry cargo vessel "Ulus Wind" showed technical and operational qualities and her function when delivered first 16 modules for Astrakhan cardio center in port of Busan.
Vessel's voyage with outsize cargo from Lyubek through Baltic Sea, St. Petersburg, Volga-Baltic way and Volga lasted 15 days.
On September 9 and 11 another 2 vessels of "Caspian Express" type will deliver their parts of medical center equipment. Albros shipping company (Raim Alekperov is a general director) is going to fulfill 6 voyages and transport 327 modules to the Busan. These modules because of their sizes couldn't be delivered by another type of vessel.
The single vessel's hold is box-shaped, smooth-wall, without any bulkheads. It's size is of 59.15 x 13.2 x 6.39 m (with vessel's effective length of 85 m) and allows to stow 2 levels of containers with height of 9' and 9.5'. It also allows to transport large-sized and non-standard cargo places.
Vessels of "Caspian Express" type is designed by Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB) for work with draught of 4.1-4.5 m at Russian ports of Azov and Caspian Seas with possibility sailing through on the Volga-Don canal and Volga-Baltic waterway. The vessels are the symbiosis product of the European coasters and Russian river-sea sailing conditions.
Modules are prepared for mounting and following operation. Using these modules Astrakhan federal cardio center will be assembled in the shortest possible time. It supposed that first patients will be accepted for treatment at the beginning of 2008.
003RSD04 prj. vessels have single hold and small draught. That's why equipment delivering for intensive Caspian shelf zone development using such type of vessels is profitable.
Vessel belongs to so-called "Azov 3000" type due to MEB internal classification, because she can surely load cargo of 3000 tons (+10%) at small draughts of Azov and Caspian ports.
Vessel's deadweight is of 2590 tons when draught in river is of 3.6 m. Deadweight is of 3760 tons when draught in sea water is of 4.46 m.
Moreover non-standard cargo places can be delivered without reloading from any European port or from any Persian Gulf's area port through internal ways of the Russian Federation to Caspian Sea.
Special scheme of vessel's compartments was designed to satisfy SOLAS requirements to probability index for ship subdivision for possibility of arrange single cargo hold. Tank plan foresees special arrangement of ballast tanks in double bottom and double sides and dry compartment in double bottom with presence of through-flowing pipes which provides minimum list when the hull is damaged.
Hatch covers are of multifolding type.
Capacity of single-screw engine with variable-pitch propeller and shaft generator is of 1470 kW.
Capacity shaft generator is of 216 kW.
Speed of "Ulus Wind" was of 11.2 kn in test (with usage 85% of max. engine output), main engine uses heavy fuel.
Good manoeuvrability in river, shallow water, in the constrained conditions is ensured because of comparative small length and presence of bow thruster wit capacity of 200 kw.
"Ulus Wind" hull was strengthened up to category LU2. Strengthening allows to maintain a vessel in running voyage through rare ice brush with thickness up to 55 cm with speed of 5 kn and behind the icebreaker through ice-field with thickness up to 50 cm with speed of 3 kn.
Vessel's keel was laid down on 24.12.04 at Cheksan shipyard (Tuzla, Turkey) and she was launched on 09.02.06. She was put into operation on 30.05.06.