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18.04.19 14:41
Keels of two RDB12 dry-cargo barges of 4800 t deadweight were laid down in the Samara for Petrotanker Company

On 18.04.2019 keels of two RDB12 dry-cargo barges of 4800 t deadweight (building Nos. 002 and 003) were laid down at Ship Repairing-Constructing Yard "Nefteflot" (Vladimir Prudyus is a director).
PJSE "State Transport Leasing Company" (STLC) ordered 3 barges of this project. Shipping company "Petrotanker" (Saint-Petersburg) is a lessee.
A number of people took part in the solemn ceremony: governor of the Samara Region Dmitriy Azarov, chairman of the board of directors of the CJSE "Nefteflot" Sergey Feofanov, general director of the CJSE "Nefteflot" Vladimir Prudyus, representative of PJSE STLC Igor Ivashin; general director of the Marine Engineering Bureau, professor, S.Dr., Gennadiy Egorov; director deputy of the "Kalashnikov" Concern Arcadiy Privalov, general director of the OJSE "Petrotanker" Denis Davydov, other colleagues.
As to "Portnews" agency information, governor Dmitry Azarov noted in his speech that keel laying for two barges means the beginning of a major event in the life of the region, namely revival of the shipbuilding industry.
According to the head of the Marine Engineering Bureau Gennady Egorov, Russia does not have enough production capacities to renew the river fleet; that is why the enterprises that were engaged in ship repair began to switch to shipbuilding. This is especially true for those yards that are located along the Volga River; just through this river big capacity of bulk cargo can be transported.
The chairman of the board of directors of the CJSE "Nefteflot" Sergey Feofanov told that the process of transformation from shiprepairing yard to shipbuilding one was not easy. We had to upgrade significantly the production base, buy new equipment, teach again staff and look for specialists with new competences.
However, according to his words, a few years ago "Nefteflot" felt the urgent need for shipping in shipbuilding and found support for its pans at regional authority, Trade Ministry and other structures.
"Today, the company expects that thanks to high-quality work and delivery of orders in time, it will be possible to take its rightful place in the shipbuilding market; despite the presence of other strong yards, that construct dozens of river vessels", - noted Feofanov.
The general director of the CJSE "Nefteflot" Vladimir Prudyus said that building of three barges may be considered as examination of the yard, because process of yard's transformation is in the progress; newly purchased equipment is adjusted, shipbuilding technology will be tried; pool of the contractors is formed.
Using bares' construction "Nefteflot" expects to hone operations in order to implement the program for the construction of twenty vessels (tankers and dry-cargo ones) that was signed with PJSE STLC in 2018.
RDB12 is an unmanned non-self-propelled vessel of Volgo-Don Max. type with 4 cargo holds of mixed river-sea sailing region, with double bottom and double sides, with watertight hatch covers. Horizontal coupling beams are placed aft for automatic coupling lock.
Principal dimensions of the dry-cargo RDB12 barge (work with classical OT type tug-pushers is foreseen):
Length max. 95.20 m;
Length overall 95.20 m;
Breadth max. 16.90 m;
Breadth 16.50 m;
Depth at the middle 5.50 m;
Draught max. 4.00 m;
Draught DWL 3.60 m.
Russian Maritime Registry of Shipping class notation is K R3-RSN.
Vessel has transom ends with inclined stem.
Anchor-mooring capstans are installed fore and aft fore corresponding operations.
Cargo holds equipped by watertight hatch covers of 7500 cub.m. capacity are smooth-walled that provides self-shedding of cargo. The double bottom is designed for distributed load of 7 tons per square meter intensity. Double bottom height is 800 mm at CL and 1000 mm at inner side. Double sides width is 1650 mm.
River deadweight is 4086 while draught is 3.60 m. Marine deadweight is 4830 while draught is 4.00 m.
Hatch coves are of removable type. Opening and closing of each section is operated with the help of a special electrical frame crane.
Five main watertight transverse bulkheads divide hull into 6 watertight compartments. Main deck, inner sides and double bottom re of longitudinal framing system, outer sides and hull ends are of transverse framing system. Transverse framing space is 650 mm amidship and 550 mm in the ends. Longitudinal framing space is 550 mm.
RDB12 vessel is equipped by two 1500 kg Hall-type bower anchors and single 1250 kg Hall-type aft anchor. Anchors are kept in hawse with recess.
Electric energy intake (400V) from shore source or tow vessel is made through switchboard installed aft. Two groups of acid unserviceable batteries are used for feeding of signal lights; their capacity provides lights work during 20 hours.
Keel of the head RDB12 vessel (building No. 002) was laid down on 18.04.2019.
Keel of the second vessel (building No. 003) was laid down on 18.04.2019.