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09.12.08 10:36
The fourth vessel of "New Armada" type was put into operation

On December 10, 2008 "Palmali Group" accepted the fourth in the "New Armada" series of product and chemical IMO2 tanker "Araz River".
 
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".
 
Vessel's "Araz River" project (RST22) is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
 
Vessel's fitting-out was carried out by shipyard stuff in Aksay.
 
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.
 
New series' vessels are the logical development of 005RST01 prj. tankers known as "Armada" type. They were designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau earlier for Palmali group and were built at ADA and SELAH shipyards in Tuzla (Turkey) in 2002-2006.
 
Ten Armada type tankers are successfully operated 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 common movement and manoeuvre facilities, using submersible pump, full absence of framing in cargo tanks are characteristic features of RST22 and 005RST01 projects vessels. These vessels also 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 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 DESIGN" class were taken into consideration during designing.
 
Hull's theoretical forms were designed using calculation hydromechanics' methods (CFD simulation).
 
Total capacity of six cargo tanks and two slop ones is of 8090 cub.m, deadweight is of 7050 tons while sea draught is of 4.60 m. Deadweight is about 4700 tons while river draught is of 3.60 m. Cruising speed is of 10.5 knots.
 
Two medium-speed diesels (main engine) 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.
 
"Araz River" (building number is of 07004) vessel's keel was laid down on 26.04.2007. She was launched on 02.11.2008 and was put into operation on 10.12.2008.
 
Ten tankers are supposed to be built in the series, as well as in "Armada" series. The fifth vessel is going to be launched in December 2008.