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06.12.07 10:00
The seventh vessel of the "Kaspian Express" series was put into operation


On December, 06, 2007 in Tuzla (Turkey) the seventh multi-purpose dry-cargo motorship of "Kaspian Express "type "GELIUS I" (building number is of NB-30) was put into operation. Vessel's deadweight is about 3510 tons.
 
Shipping company ALBROS (Raim Alekperov is general director) is the customer.
 
The vessel was built at Aksoy Shipyard, Gelibolu (Turkey).
 
The project 003RSD04/ALB02 was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB) (the initial project) and company ALBROS (project updating). Gennadiy Ukhanov and Pavel Kryukov supervised project updating from company ALBROS side.
 
Vessel's Russian Maritime Register of shipping (RS) class is of KM LU2 II A3.
 
Vessel's overall length is of 89.7 m, breadth is of 15.6 m, depth is of 5.75 m.
 
"GELIUS I" hull was strengthened up to category LU2, as well as it was made with hulls of the fifth and sixth vessels of the series ("Ulus Wind", "Ulus Stream"). Strengthening allows to maintain the 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.
 
Considerable changes in systems, arrangement and capacity of tanks were made in the series (since the fifth vessel). They have allowed to improve using fuel type of "GELIUS I" to heavy fuel, down to IFO 180. The first vessels of the series worked on diesel fuel.
 
Consumption of heavy fuel IFO 130 is of 5.6 tons per day with vessel's cruising speed of 10 kn. It makes economy of the vessel more attractive than economy of "Volgo-Balt" type vessels, for example.
 
"GELIUS I" hull's theoretical forms were defined using CFD simulation methods carried out by Digital Marine Technology company (Boris Stankov is a director).
 
On December, 5, during running test vessel's speed was of 12.2 kn (with the draught of 3.50 m).
 
Vessel is destined 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. "GELIUS I" is a symbiosis product of the European coasters and Russian river-sea sailing conditions. It allows to transport project large-sized cargoes from European ports to Caspian ones.
 
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 2450 tons when draught in river is of 3.6 m. Deadweight is of 3640 tons when draught in salt water is of 4.46 m.
 
The single vessel's hold is box-shaped, smooth-wall, convenient for carrying out the freight works and placing a cargo without shifting.
 
The cargo hold's size is of 59x13.2x6.4m with vessel's effective length of 84.8 m.
 
Because of such function 003RSD04/ALB02 prj. vessels are convenient for equipment delivery to intensive development of Caspian shelf zone. 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.
 
The hull strength is ensured even with non-uniform cargo placing at any position inside the hold.
 
Hatch covers are of "multifolding" type.
 
Capacity of single-screw engine with variable-pitch propeller and shaft generator is of 1470 kw.
 
Good manoeuvrability in river, shallow water, in the constrained conditions is ensured because of comparative small length and presence of bow thruster.
 
Vessel's keel was laid down on 14.11.06 and was launched on 03.07.07. She was put into operation on 06.12.07.