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15.11.08 16:35
Newly built tanker "Araz River" of "New Armada" type left for fitting-out to Aksay

On November 15, 2008 the fourth vessel of the "New Armada" series, product and chemical tanker IMO2 "Araz River" left from water area of the shipyard, where she had been built, to be in time for passing through Volga and Volga-Don canal before river navigation's closing.
Vessel was built at "Krasnoe Sormovo" shipyard (Nikolay Zharkov is a general director) that is included in group of companies "Marine and oil-and-gas projects" (MOP).
Palmali Group is a Customer (Mubariz Mansimov is a president of Palmali Group).
Vessel's "Araz River" project (RST22) is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
The vessel's project RST22 is the development of 005RST01 prj. of tankers known as "Armadas". 005RST01 prj. was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau earlier for Palmali Group, and "Armada" tankers were built at ADA and SELAH shipyards in Tuzla (Turkey) in 2002-2006.
Ten Armada type tankers are successfully maintained on the river-sea and ocean transportations in Caspian, Black, Mediterranean, Baltic and North Seas, including voyages around of Europe and to Irish Sea in winter. They transport crude oil, masout, diesel fuel, other petroleum products and vegetable oils.
Using full-circle rudder propellers as movement and manoeuvre facilities, using submersible pump, full absence of a framing in cargo tanks are characteristic features of RST22 and 005RST01 projects vessels. These vessels have no longitudinal bulkhead in CL.
Vessels satisfy dimensions of the Volga-Don canal and Volga-Baltic way. Overall RST22 prj. vessel length is of 139.95 m, breadth is of 16.6 m, depth is of 6.0 m.
Vessels belong to "Volga-Don Max" tankers' type.
New project tanker have increased marine function, increased up to 650 tons deadweight in marine conditions and increased total cargo tanks capacity with keeping river possibilities in comparison with vessels of "Armada" type.
Vessels satisfy all new international requirements for transportation of vegetable oils, including two-compartment unsinkability.
Special requirements of the Russian and world petroleum companies, additional ecological limitations "ECO PROJECT" class were taken into consideration during designing.
Hull's theoretical forms were defined using hydromechanics methods (CFD simulation).
Total capacity of six cargo tanks and two slop ones is of 8090 cub. m, deadweight is about 7050 tons when sea draught is of 4.60 m. Deadweight is about 4700 tons when river draught is of 3.60 m. Cruising speed is of 10.5 knots.
Two medium-speed diesels (main engines) of 1200 kWt each use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of IFO380.
Vessel's Russian Maritime Register of shipping class notation is of KM Ice 2 R1 AUT1 COMBO oil tanker/chemical tanker type 2 (vegetable oil) (ESP) ECO DESING.
Vessel's "Araz River" (building number is of 07004) keel was laid down on 26.04.2007. She was launched on 02.11.08.
Fitting-out will be carried out at "Midel" shipyard at Aksay, it is supposed to put the vessel into operation on December 10-15, 2008.
Customer will get the vessel not in April, 2009 as was signed in building contract. The vessel will be put into operation by 4 months earlier thanks to activities of "Krasnoe Sormovo" collective and to the principal decision from Palmali management side.
Ten tankers are supposed to be built in the series, as well as in "Armada" series. The fifth one is supposed to be launched in December, 2008.