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10.03.09 15:09
Kherson shipyard launched lead RSD20 prj. dry cargo vessel of about 6860 t deadweight

OJSC "Kherson shipyard" (Vasiliy Phedin is a general director) launched lead multi-purpose dry-cargo vessel of prj. RSD20 with deadweight of 6860 tons (building number is of 18019).
 
Vessel's name is "St. Nicolas".
 
"Moskam Shipping" company is the customer. "Moskam Shipping" is included in group of companies "Dawson" (Suren Osipov is a president of the company, Igor Gaponov is a general director).
 
Project RSD20 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
 
The vessel is assigned for transportation of general, bulk, scrap, grain, coal, timber, heavy and large-sized cargoes, 8'.5 and 9' ISO containers, dangerous goods of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes of IMDG Code and cargoes of category B of BC Code. Sailing regions are Mediterranean, Caspian, Black, Baltic, White, and North Seas.
 
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class of the project is of KM Ice 2 R2 AUT1. The project satisfies all the requirements of international conventions which were actual at the laying down of the vessel's keel.
 
Vessel belongs to so-called "Volga-Don Max" type due to MEB internal classification. She has maximum possible dimensions for Volga-Don canal.
 
Unlike the earlier built vessels of this type (projects 006RSD02, 006RSD05, 005RSD06, 005RSD06.01, RSD11, RSD19) and ones under building (007RSD07 and RSD24) "St. Nicolas" has holds number less for 1 (three instead of four) with the same cargo capacity, and is of single-shaft type (but with three rudder blades).
 
More over new project vessel has higher standard of hull strength (close to RSD19 prj), also strengthen hull elements and high ice class. All this leads to some decreasing of cargo carrying capacity for river but makes vessel more efficient for sea works.
 
With characterized draught of 3.6 m in Volga-Don canal deadweight is about 4280 tons, maximum deadweight in the sea with draught of 4.80 m is of 6862 tons.
 
Overall length is of 139.22 m, overall breadth is of 16.50 m, depth is of 6.20 m.
 
Summarized capacity of cargo holds is of 11400 m³, total container capacity is of 262 TEU, while holds' container capacity is of 192 TEU.
 
All holds are box-shaped, smooth-wall, convenient for carrying out the freight works and placing a cargo without shifting. The cargo holds' sizes are of 33.6x13.04 (hold Nos. 1,3), 32.0x13.04 m (hold No. 2),with the height of 8.95 m.
 
Cargo holds are equipped with sectional hatch covers of folding type with possibility of 100% opening.
 
Medium-speed diesel (main engine) of 1800 kWt use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of IFO380. Heavy fuel stores are placed in deep-tanks in area of the ER fore bulkhead, separated from outside water by double bottom and double sides.
 
Movement and manoeuvrability of the vessel is provided by one fixed-pitch propeller in nozzle with diameter of 2600 mm, and three rudders (one balanced double-seat rudder is mounted in CP, two balanced hanged rudders are mounted by sides) and bow thruster.
 
Modern computing methods of hydrodynamics were used at vessel designing that allowed to find an optimum combination of propulsion-rudder system elements and hull forms. Defined combination provides high running qualities of the vessel.
 
Sea sailing autonomy is of 20 day.
 
Crew consists of 12 persons (16 places).
 
Designed vessel hull's life term is of 24 years. The double bottom is designed for distributed load intensity of 10.0 t/m², and also allows to use a bucket grab.
 
Vessel's keel was laid down on 28.09.2007. She was launched on 02.02.2009. Her putting into operation is expected this year in summer.