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21.11.08 11:14
"United Cargo Fleet" continues building of dry-cargo vessels with deadweight of 6125/5185 tons at Chinese shipyards

Shipyard "Hua Sya" (Uhan' city, Hubey province, China) continues building of four multi-purpose dry-cargo vessels after getting financial help from the government's side. Deadweight of RSD18 prj. vessels is of 6125/5185 tons (building Nos. are of RU-WH01, RU-WH02, RU-WH03 and RU-WH04).
"United Cargo Fleet" is a customer (Yuriy Lebedev is a president, Sergey Lokhankin is a technical director).
Project RSD18 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
Vessels belong to so-called "Azov 5000" type due to MEB internal classification, i.e. to Azov-Caspian "coasters" that have cargo lifting capacity is about 5000 tons for characterized draught of 4.20 - 4.50 m for Russian Azov ports (Astrakhan, Neka) with possibility of voyages through Volga-Don Canal.
Vessel was designed for RS class notation of KM LU1 II A3.
Vessel's overall length is of 123.17 m, length between perpendiculars is of 118.60 m, breadth is of 16.50 m, depth is of 5.50 m.
RSD18 prj. deadweight is of 5185 tons with sea draught of 4.20 m, with the river draught of 3.6 m deadweight is of 3930 tons, maximum deadweight in the sea with draught of 4.67 m is of 6125 tons.
Summarized capacity of three box-shaped cargo holds is of 8595 m?. Container capacity is of 240 TEU, while hatch covers container capacity is of 60 TEU. Permissible load on the tank top is of 7.5 t/m?. Hatch coamings height is of 3.5 m. Hatch covers opening is of 77% of the vessel breadth.
Designed vessel hull's life term is of 24 years. Double bottom height is of 1 m, side tank breadth is of 1.9 m.
The vessel can be operated, if necessary, at low draughts in the river of 3.2-3.4 m. With draught in fresh water of 3.4 m deadweight is of 3530 tons that allows to insist that this vessel in the river is some modern analogue of the dry cargo vessels of "Omskiy" type.
Hatch covers are of removable type (with gantry crane). Crew consists of 12 persons (14 places).
Ballast tanks' capacity is of 2485 cub. m.
Autonomy is of 20 days in sea and 15 days in river.
Cruising speed is of 10.0 kn. Main engines (medium-speed diesels of "W-CXZ" Chinese company production under "MAN B&W" license) capacity is of 2x1120 kw.
Main engines use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of 180 cSt. Variable-pitch propellers' diameter is of 2.6 m.
Bow thruster capacity is of 120 kw. Ship's electric power plant consists of 3 diesel-generators (made in China) with capacity of 160 kw each, and emergency diesel-generator with capacity of 80 kw.
Vessels of RSD18 prj. are assigned for river-sea going and sea transportations of general, bulk, grain, timber and large-sized cargoes, ISO containers, coal and dangerous goods of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes.
Vessel's principal dimensions allow to sail through Volga-Baltic Way and Volga-Don Canal, ice class is of LU1 for operation in Azov and Caspian Seas in winter.
Series' hulls were laid down in 2007 (RU-WH01, RU-WH02 building numbers on 20.04.07; RU-WH03 and RU-WH04 - on 15.06.07;).
The hull with building No. is of RU-WH01 (building progress by November 10, 2008) is shown on the photos.