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12.03.09 12:49
Dry-cargo vessel "Engineer Plavinskiy" which was re-equipped with DCV22 project called at the port of Arkhangelsk for the first time

According to information from Dvinainform.Ru dry-cargo vessel "Engineer Plavinskiy" which belongs to OJSC "Northern Sea Shipping Company" called at the port of registry (Arkhangelsk) on March 04, 2009 after last year significant re-equipment. Master of motorship "Engineer Plavinskiy" Valeriy Valov marked that propulsive performances of the vessel hadn't been changed, just carrying capacity had been increased. He supposes that vessel's profit became higher because operational expenses are kept the same. Motorship is going to be operated for coke and sheet metal transportation from Murmansk and Arkhangelsk to Europe. This time more than 8000 tons of copper is being transported by "Engineer Plavinskiy" to Hamburg and Rotterdam.
Re-equipment works were carried out by "Chengxi" shipyard (China, Chang Jiang river) which has experience of vessels' extension. For example, this shipyard re-equipped vessels of "Dmitriy Donskoy" type for OJSC "Murmansk Sea Shipping Company".
This is the first vessel in the series which was re-equipped with DCV22 project.
Re-equipment project (DCV22) was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
General director of shipping company Viktor Izbitskiy set MEB the task to increase vessels of "Pavlin Vinogradov" type transportability owing to dimensional re-equipment of the hull.
The project base is idea of lengthening the vessel's hull for one hold (up to 5 holds) owing to mounting cylindrical insert 24.5 m long and usage high (2.4 m taking into consideration existing coamings) continuous longitudinal hatch coamings that allow to increase standard of general strength of vessel's hull, cargo holds' capacity, tonnage due to essential increase of section's height.
In accordance with International Load Line Convention requirement to the vessel of B-60 type summer freeboard draught of lengthened vessel is of 7.0 m equal to vessel's draught before lengthening.
Designed vessel's deadweight with summer freeboard draught due to the re-equipment was increased for 33% up to 9382 tons. Total capacity of the cargo holds is of 14180 tons (increases for 41%).
To decrease re-equipment terms newly-mounted cylindrical insert (length is of 24.5 m) was carried out before vessel's arrival to the shipyard.
Then mounting of new longitudinal cargo hatch coamings of holds Nos.2-5 was carried out. Height of the existing coamings was increased for 1.3 m up to total height of 2.4 m.
Total ballast tank capacity after re-equipment is of 2962 m³.
Totally 625 tons of hull's constructions were mounted (including cylindrical insert), and also hatch covers of the new formed hold.
Rational usage of newly constructions (high coamings) allowed to avoid necessity of mounting the reinforcement for existing constructions in order to provide general longitudinal strength of the lengthened vessel.
Hatch covers are of "Mc. Gregor" type. Existing hatch covers together with hydraulic cylinders and gadgets were mounted on new coamings.
Newly-mounted hold is served by cargo crane (cargo lifting capacity is of 8 tons, boom is of 25 m) of firm "SORMEC" production (Italy).
After re-equipment vessel is a single-deck, single-screw one with 5 cargo holds, with double bottom and double sides, with lengthened forecastle and poop, with engine room and accommodation located aft.
Characteristics after re-equipment are of:
• Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) class notation is of KM L1 A2;
• overall length is of 156.10 m;
• breadth is of 19.30 m;
• depth is of 8.80 m;
• deadweight is of 9382 tons while draught of 7.00 m;
• five holds with summarized capacity of 14180 m³;
• container capacity is of 403 TEU;
• cruising speed is of 13 kn. with main engine capacity of 4690 kWt;
• autonomy depending on water-supply is of 40 days;
• cruising range depending on fuel-supply is of 6500 nm.
Dry-cargo vessel is assigned for transportation of general, bulk, timber, grain and large-sized cargoes and containers, dangerous goods.
The vessel "Engineer Plavinskiy" was launched on December 21, 2007. She was put into operation on January 19, 2008.