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11.09.21 10:30
Amur shipyard sends second CNF11CPD "Vasily Oshchepkov" ice-breaking ferry to Vladivostok for completion of Vanino - Kholmsk line

According to Korabel.ru website, on September 10, 2021, Amur Shipyard (General Director Vladimir Kulakov) has sent the second cargo-passenger ice-breaking train ferry of a new generation for Vanino - Kholmsk line of CNF11CPD project "Vasily Oschepkov" (building number 00301) to its delivery yard for completion.
 
The technological operation to escort the vessel from Maly Silinskoye Lake to the Amur passed without a hitch and in full compliance with regulations.
 
According to Vladimir Povzyk, who is responsible for the delivery of order 301, the "Vasiliy Oschepkov" is expected to be in transit to the lower reaches of the Amur for a fortnight. "We hope for a favourable forecast both in terms of the level of the Amur and the weather," he said.
 
On arrival at the AS's delivery depot in Vladivostok, completion work will continue on the vessel. According to the ferry's commissioning officer, the completion of the final construction work on the order is scheduled for March next year; in April the electrical installation on the vessel should be completed, and after the work of forming and covering the rooms and cabins the builders will be ready to begin the mooring tests.
 
The builder is the Amur Shipyard (Komsomolsk-on-Amur, General Director Vladimir Kulakov).
 
The customer is PJSE "State Transport Leasing Company".
 
Project documentation for the vessel under construction was developed by the Marine Engineering Bureau, working-design and technological documentation by Vympel Design Bureau.
 
CNF11CPD project of the car-railway-cargo-passenger new generation ferryboat for the Vanino-Kholmsk line provides in comparison with the existing "Sakhalin" type vessels:
 
• enhanced cargo capacity (truck cars capacity is 2 times bigger);
• weather restrictions absence (unrestricted sailing region);
• ability of working in severe ice conditions (speed is 6-8 kn at 80 cm ice and about 3 kn at 1.0 m ice);
• ability to carry out independent (several times per day) moorings without towing assistance, ability for long reverse movement through constrained water area of the port of Kholmsk;
• ability to keep up daily cycle of round voyage (operation speed is 18 kn);
• 2-hours staying for loading-unloading operations.
 
Transportation is foreseen of at least of 32 railway wagons or 27 car trains on the main deck, 12 car trains on the lower deck and about 9 cars.
 
The new CNF11CPD ferry boats will allow the Sakhalin producers to forward products to the mainland in time; will provide food security and expand possibility of transportation for certain types of cargo.
 
The number of passengers (200 people) accepted in the new project reflects the peak line need at a season of summer vacations and is set according to the offer of the Sakhalin Region Government; it is essentially important to provide solving of a social problem of recreation providing for the region's population 200 passengers distribution is as follows: 16 ones at double cabins with water closets, 96 ones at four-berth cabins with water closets and 88 ones at saloon chairs.
 
The new concept is the result of a series of studies conducted in 2012-2013 by the Marine Engineering Bureau in collaboration with leading domestic and foreign scientific institutes, including Aker Arctic Technology (recommendations for contours, tests in the ice pool), Central Research Institute of the Marine Fleet (examination of technical solutions for all stages, formation of contours, economic calculations and modeling of operation), Krylov State Scientific Center (towing tests, self-propelled, nautical, as well as testing in ice basin), design bureau of the carriage facilities of JSC Russian Railways (checking the possibility of transporting rolling stock by ferry).
 
CNF11CPD characteristics in ice conditions according to the results of tests in the pool are: the maximum ice permeability at V = 3 knots forward will be 1.16 meters, at a speed of V = 6 knots it will be 0.84 meters, in reverse with a speed of V = 1.5 knots will be 0.68 m.
 
In addition, the bow and stern extremities are structurally designed for a higher ice category (Arc 7).
 
Together with the icebreaking at the level of the Icebreaker6 icebreaker, this allows (unlike the existing vessels) independent operation of the new ferry in severe ice conditions on a short passage (up to about 30 miles in the vicinity of Vanino). In turn, this will allow to avoid ferry's significant downtime in anticipation of general icebreaking assistance, or excessive costs in case of individual assistance.
 
At one time, the ferry was built to serve the railway transportation, but recently, the increasing part of the ferry routes began to take the vehicles transport. A new type of cargo (heavy trailers (trucks) and cars) has appeared. In connection with the construction of the Lidoga-Vanino highway, the share of road transport will increase. In addition to transporting cars and trailers, shippers have another potentially new type of cargo for the ferry line: containers and roll trailers with heavy equipment. Therefore, while maintaining the function of transporting railroad cars (the length of rail tracks is 440 linear meters at 420 on the existing one), the capacity for cars has doubled (740 linear meters against 394 on the existing one). As a result, 39 new trucks with semi-trailers (12-13.5 m length) and an additional 9 cars can be accommodated on the new vessel.
 
In addition to the stern cargo scheme, which is explicitly linked to the Vanino and Kholmsk port terminals, an on-board ramp has been installed to handle rolling equipment directly onto the berth, allowing the new vessel to be used for additional voyages to Japan, for example.
 
The keel of the lead CNF11CPD vessel (building No. 00300) "Alexander Deev" was laid down on 29.0617. She was launched on 01.08.2019.
The keel of the second vessel (building No. 00301) "Vasiliy Oshepkov" was laid down on 29.06.2017. She was launched on 30.10.2020.