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14.05.21 22:57
The lead 155-metre passenger railway-car ferry of the CNF18C Azerbaijan project has arrived in Turkmenbashi

According to the Turkmenportal website, the lead 155-metre passenger railway-car ferry of the CNF18C Azerbaijan project arrived in Turkmenbashi on 11 May 2021.
The CNF18C is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
It is noted that the ferry of the CNF18C "Azerbaijan" project has arrived at Turkmenbashi International Sea Port.
This modern vessel, built in 2020 by Baku Shipyard by order of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company, is designed to carry passengers as well as rail and road transport.
According to the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, the 154-metre ferry of CNF18C project with a carrying capacity of 5.54 thousand tonnes has delivered modern equipment to our country. Honorable elders and young people took part in the celebrations to welcome the new ferry.
As part of efforts to expand international trade and economic relations and diversify trade routes, Turkmenistan, like other Caspian countries, has been paying great attention to building the capacity of the national shipping fleet. Thus, in recent years, under the order of the Turkmen side modern tankers and other vessels of the merchant fleet have been built and put into operation. Their high performance characteristics and innovative technical parameters make them one of the most popular vessels in the shipping market.
In this context, the importance of Turkmenbashi International Sea Port has grown considerably, becoming a major international transport and transit centre between Europe and Asia.
Thanks to the large-scale modernisation and technical re-equipment of the country's main "sea gate", the volume of annual cargo transported by sea is steadily growing, and the number of foreign vessels calling at the harbour is also increasing, the arrival of the CNF18C "Azerbaijan" project ferry being yet another proof of this.
The vessel made its maiden voyage on 7 May 2021 to the Kazakh port of Kuryk.
As noted earlier, Baku Shipyard commissioned the lead 155-metre passenger railway-car ferry for the Caspian Sea project CNF18C Azerbaijan (construction number 108) on 1 March 2021.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the handing over ceremony of the new flagship of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company.
According to the official website of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, "The Head of State and the First Lady were informed about the ferry vessel 'Azerbaijan'. It was noted that within the framework of this unique project, new Ro-Pax ferry vessels will be put into operation for the first time in the Caspian Sea.
The new "open" type ferry of CNF18C project is designed to carry 100 passengers, 56 cars with a rail width of 1520 mm, trucks (50 car loads) including dangerous goods, with a stern-type cargo scheme for wagons and cars and with a board ramp for loading-unloading of vehicles at ordinary berths.
The CNF18C project vessel carries dangerous goods on the open top deck in accordance with the provisions of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) and the national Maritime Dangerous Goods Regulations (MADR Regulations).
The advantages of the new CNF18C project ferry over existing ferries:
• total capacity by rail wagons of T-1 dimension with a length of 12020 mm between couplers - 56 wagons (the existing ones have no more than 54 wagons);
• the rails are pushed into the deck;
• an open cargo deck speeds up and facilitates loading and unloading and has a positive impact on navigational safety;
• the on-board ramp for loading and unloading trucks on berths allows you to work not only on conventional railroad piers, but also on regular dry cargo berths of sufficient length;
• the hold height (5,400 mm) allows taller wagons to be transported in the hold (existing ferries have a hold height of 5,000 mm);
• lift length of 25000 mm allows loading/unloading of trains and rolling cargo with total tonnage of 188 t from main deck to lower deck on two tracks including platforms type 11-935A with length of 19620 mm and 3 20-foot containers (on existing ferries lift length is 14540 mm, tonnage 170 t);the vessel has room for the accommodation and transportation of 100 passengers. Carriage of passengers at the same time as the carriage of dangerous goods is provided in accordance with the conditions of carriage of dangerous goods.
Overall, the CNF18C project vessel is a passenger car-railway ferry with bulbous bow and transom stern, with excess freeboard, forward accommodation superstructure, aft engine room, twin-screw diesel propulsion, stern and bow thrusters and two cargo decks.
Cargo-carrying capacity of the vessel on T-1 dimension rail cars with length between couplers 12020 mm (4 axles) - 56 units; with length between couplers 13920 mm (4 axles) - 46 cars; with length between couplers 14730 mm (4 axles) - 44 cars. The length of the rail tracks is 688 m.
Cargo capacity of the vessel by semi-trailer trucks with a length of 12-13.5 m is 50 carloads. Linear metres - 900 metres.
The upper deck is designed to carry rail tankers and wagons weighing up to 94 tonnes on all tracks.
Allowed wheel load per axle: 4 wheels per axle - 12 tonnes; 2 wheels per axle - 10 tonnes.
For loading/unloading trains and rolling cargo from the main deck to the lower deck, there is a double track cargo lift with a capacity of 188 t and a length of 25 m.
There are 2 superior double cabins with bathroom and 24 double (convertible to quadruple) cabins with bathroom to accommodate passengers. There is a duty-free shop, internet-cafe; a room with gaming machines and a bar; a restaurant for passengers (50 seats); a smoking room; in the passenger compartment there are devices for installing hanging cradles (3 pcs.); medical premises (medical block) comprising: a doctor's office combined with an outpatient clinic; a hospital for one seat; an isolator for one seat.
Sailing range of about 2500 miles. Fuel and oil autonomy (under sailing mode): 10 days. Water and provisions autonomy - 5 days.
The power plant consists of:
• the main unit, consisting of two diesel engines with a maximum continuous output of 2,600 kW at 1,000 min-1 each, operating via reversing gears for 2 fixed pitch propellers (left and right-hand rotation);
• an auxiliary unit consisting of four diesel generators with an electrical capacity of 300 kW each, and an emergency diesel generator with an electrical capacity of 300 kW.
During the tests, the vessel, using 85% of its propulsion power, reached a speed of 14.7 knots (with a contractual speed of 14.0 knots).
The fuels used are: IFO380 heavy fuel with a viscosity of 380 cSt at 50°C for main engines and boiler; MDO diesel with a flash point above 60°C for diesel generators and emergency diesel generators.
In order to improve controllability at slow speeds, when passing narrow passages and when mooring, the vessel is equipped with a propeller-in-tube type propeller with fixed pitch propeller (FPP) fore and aft. The PU inlet power is 350 kW and the propeller diameter is 1090 mm.
The vessel is provided with 2 marine evacuation systems (MES) with enclosed life rafts and an evacuation hose to lower into the rafts (1 from each side). Evacuation capacity up to 582 persons in 30 minutes.
The keel of the lead vessel of the CNF18C project "Azerbaijan" (building number 108) was laid down on 9 December 2017. Launched on 13 December 2019 and accepted for operation on 1 March 2021.
The keel of the second vessel "Akademik Zarifa Aliyieva" (building number 109) was laid down on 4 March 2018. Launched on 1 March 2021.