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15.05.19 15:15
The fourth RSD32M dry-cargo vessel "Navis-4" of 6220 t deadweight designed by Marine engineering Bureau project, is launched

On 15.05.2019 the fourth RSD32M dry-cargo vessel "Navis-4" of 6220 t deadweight (building No. 3204) was launched.
The customer is PJSE "State Leasing Transport Company", the lessee is "Navis-1" company. Totaly 8 multifunctional dry-cargo vessels are ordered.
Prj. RSD32M is designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
RSD32M vessels refer to the "Azov 5000" type due to MEB internal classification, in other words their main target task is transportation of "classic" 5000 t grain lots from Azov and Caspian port at character draught for these regions of 4.20 m.
Philosophically, v vessels are intended to change morally and physically outdated vessels of Sormovskiy and Volgo-Balt types, which are actively operated just in this transportation segment.
For information, as to 2017:
• from 152 Volgo-Balt vessels (projects 2-95 and 2-95A/R, built in Chekho-Slovakia in 1967-1984) 54 ones (35.5%) are discarded, namely 9 ones were missed due to catastrophes, 45 ones were utilized. 91 vessels are under operation, their mean age is 40.5 years; 7 vessel with mean age 45.7 are out of operation. Mean age for the utilized vessels is 40 years. For the first only Volgo-Balt series (project 2-95, built in 1967-1974) 44 vessels from 73 ones are discarded (60%), namely 7 ones were missed due to catastrophes, 37 ones were utilized in this century, 1 vessel was utilized in before 2001. 27 vessels are under operation with mean age of 46.4 years.
• from 121 Sormovskiy vessels (project 1557, built in 1967-1986) 48 ones (39.7%) are discarded, namely 8 ones were missed due to catastrophes, 40 ones were utilized. 63 vessels are under operation, their mean age is 39 years. Mean age for the utilized vessels is 38.4 years. 10 vessel with mean age 43.5 are out of operation, most probably they also will be broken for scrap metal.
RSD32M vessels can be operated for transportations of general, bulk, packed and round timber, grain, scrap metal, bunches and rolls of metal, large-sized and heavy-lift cargoes, coal, dangerous goods of 1 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes of IMDG Code and cargoes of category B of IMSBC Code. Sailing regions are internal waterways of European part of RF; Azov, Caspian, Black, Mediterranean Baltic, White, North Seas, including voyages around Europe and to Irish Sea in winter.
RSD32M vessels has shorter theoretical length than other Volgo-Don Max ones, they are more inexpensive for construction and more economical at operation.
The project is designed for a class notation KM Ice1 R2 AUT1-ICS CONT(deck, cargo holds Nos.1,2,3) DG(bulk, pack) of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and meets all the requirements of international conventions acted at the moment of the vessel's keel laying.
For characteristic for the VDSC draught of 3.60 m river deadweight is 3833 t. For characteristic for Azov and Caspian Seas draught of 4.20 m marine deadweight is 5157 t; the largest marine deadweight for draught 4.745 m is 6221 t.
The maximum vessel's length is 123.17 m, the overall width is 16.75 m, depth is 5.50 m.
The capacity of cargo holds is 8804 m³, number of holds is 3.
All cargo holds are box-shaped, smooth-walled, and convenient for cargo operations and placing the goods without stowage.
Propulsion unit consists of two full-turned rudder propellers that combines properties of propulsion devise and control means within single complex; this significantly enhances manoeuvrability of the vessel.
Two medium-speed diesels of 1180 kW each are used as main engines. Fuel oil stores are placed in deep-tanks in area of the ER fore bulkhead.
The operating speed is 10.0 kn.
Marine sailing autonomy is 20 day.
Crew consists of 11 people, total places onboard are 14. Pilot cabin is provided.
Designed vessel hull's life term is 24 years. The double bottom is designed for distributed load with intensity of 10.0 t/m², and also allows to use bucket grab.
Keel of the lead RSD32M vessel "Navis-1" (building No. 3201) was laid down 22.05.18. She was launched on 12.12.18.
Keel of the second vessel "Navis-2" (building No. 3202) was laid down 26.06.18. She was launched on 28.02.19.
Keel of the third vessel "Navis-3" (building No. 3203) was laid down 22.08.18. She was launched on 02.04.19.
Keel of the fourth vessel "Navis-4" (building No. 3204) was laid down 21.09.18. She was launched on 15.05.19.
Keel of the fifth vessel "Navis-5" (building No. 3205) was laid down 27.11.18.
Keel of the sixth vessel "Navis-6" (building No. 3206) was laid down 27.12.18.
Keel of the seventh vessel "Navis-7" (building No. 3206) was laid down 15.02.19.