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14.01.20 09:27
RST27 oil/chemical tanker "Balt-Flot 15" unloaded at Makhachkala the first shipment of diesel oil from Turkmenistan

According to the press service of LLC BF Tanker, on December 27, 2019, the Volgo-Don Max class RST27 oil/chemical tanker "Balt-Flot 15" of 7030/5428 t sea / river deadweight unloaded at the Makhachkala Commercial Port the first shipment of diesel oil from Turkmenistan.
The vessel was built in 2017 at Oka Shipyard (Navashino, director Vladimir Kulikov).
According to the press service of LLC BF Tanker, the "Balt-Flot 15" tanker delivered 6 thousand tons of diesel oil from Turkmenistan to Makhachkala. "The fleet of LLC BF Tanker is actively involved in the transportation of Turkmen oil to Makhachkala, the transportation of diesel oil to Makhachkala is the next step in the development of this direction", - the shipping company noted.
Project RST27 was designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
British Royal Institution of Naval Architects twice included RST27 in the list of the best vessels of the year (Significant Ships of 2012 and Significant Ships of 2013).
Series of RST27 tankers with an increased block coefficient is the biggest in newest history (since 1991) of national shipbuilding; during period from 2012, 42 vessels has been built and accepted into operation (don't counting 5 tankers of the modified RST27M project and 7 combined RST54 dry cargo vessels / tankers).
RST27 vessels have the record block coefficient 0.93; the head vessel showed speed of 11.7 kn during trials at running line with main engines power of 2100 kW (87.5% of full output) and fore/aft draughts 3.2/3.3 m.
Thus the contract deadweight of 6980/5378 is increased for 42 t, contract speed is increased more than 1 kn.
New project tanker has increased river function comparing with other MEB projects. River deadweight of RST27 vessels is increased for 732 t comparing to Armadas, while:
• increased hull's strength (vessel is of R2 sailing region, or II region due to old RS classification);
• practically keeping the same fuel consumption;
• keeping increase capacity of cargo tanks.
Russian Maritime Registry of Shipping class notation is KM Ice1 R2 AUT1-ICS VCS ECO-S OMBO Oil tanker /Chemical tanker type 2 (ESP).
As other river-sea going MEB tankers, RST27 vessels use full- turn rudder propellers as single movement and manoeuvre unit. They have increased trunk and use submersible cargo pumps. They have no longitudinal bulkhead in CL and no framing in cargo tanks.
RST27 vessels satisfy dimensions of the Volga-Don Canal and Volga-Baltic Way. Overall RST27 vessel length is of 140.85 m, breadth is of 16.6 m, depth is of 6.0 m. They belong to "Volgo-Don Max" class.
Special requirements of the Russian and world petroleum companies, additional ecological RS limitations of "ECO PROJECT" (ECO-S) class were taken into consideration during designing.
RST27 vessels are assigned for transportation of crude oil and oil products without flash point restrictions, as well as chemicals in bulk.
Total capacity of six cargo tanks and two slop ones is of 8100 cub. m, deadweight is about 7022 tons with sea draught of 4.20 m. Deadweight is about 5420 tons with river draught of 3.60 m. Cruising speed is of 11.0 knots.
Cargo system provides simultaneously transportation of 2 cargoes. Cargo pumps capacity is 6 x 200 cub. m/h. Two auxiliary steam boilers (capacity 2.5 t/h each) are installed onboard.
Two medium-speed diesels (main engine) of 1200 kW each use heavy fuel oil with viscosity IFO380. There is 230 kW bow thruster.
Electrical plant consists of three 292 kW diesel-generators and emergency-staying 136 kW diesel-generator.
Crew consists of 12 persons (14 places + pilot).
Autonomy is of 20/12 days (sea/river).