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27.05.09 10:42
OJSC "RRW" will own 2 ferries of CNF03 prj.

According to the announcement of OJSC"RRC", Russian Railway Company bought 51% stocks of Black Sea Ferry Investment (BFI). BFI is an operator of line Caucasus (Russia) - Poty (Georgia).
BFI in 2005-2008 built two ferries (CNF03.01) of "SMAT" type with capacity of 50 wagons each.
OJSC "RRC" announced that BFI is going to provide stable transport line of cargo transportations from RF to Armenia. It is planned to increase line capacity and amount increasing of transporting wagons at a time. BFI also invests building of storehouse facilities of temporal storage at the territory of port of Caucasus with square of 1500 sq. m. According to the OJSC "RRC" forecast, part of ferry's transportation from port of Caucasus between Armenia and Russia will increase up to 79% of all freight turnover between two countries.
Besides, Khokim Matchanov company is going to complete the building of railroad ramp in the port of Samsoon (Turkey) that will allow to open following ferry lines Caucasus - Samsoon, Samsoon - Poty.
It was supposed that original freight turnover of Caucasus - Samsoon line would be about 500 000 tons per year. It is going to increase this index up to 3 million tons.
Project CNF03.01 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
Vessel is designed and built for Russian River Register class of M-SP 3.5 with the simultaneously fulfillment of the requirements of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
Vessel is assigned for transportation of railway wagons and vehicles, and also ISO containers, dangerous goods of 1.4S, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes and large-sized cargoes.
Vessel's overall length is of 150.32 m, length between perpendiculars is of 140.31 m, overall breadth is of 22.0 m, moulded breadth is of 21.0 m, depth is of 7.15 m. The vessel's sizes are record for the vessels built for the Russian River Register class.
Deadweight is about 6500 tons with cargo waterline draught of 3.80 m that allows to make transportation from shallow water of Caucasus port (Russian Federation) to the port of Samsoon (Turkey) and to the port of Poty (Georgia) to provide cargo transportation on line Russia - Turkey, Russia - Armenia.
Ferry speed was 10 kn with 75% usage of two diesel-generators capacity during running test and good manoeuvrability in the constrained conditions is ensured by two thrusters. Vessel could make full turn without side shifting.
The deckhouse and engine-room are located fore, propulsion motors are stern located.
Railway wagons are placed on five railway lines of upper deck.
Tank cars capacity is of 50 units (length between coupling gauges is of 12020 mm). Freight car capacity is of 38 units (length between coupling gauges is of 14730 mm). Passenger car capacity is of 22 units (length between coupling gauges is of 24540 mm). Supersize automobiles capacity is of 64 units. TEU capacity is 106 units in one level (depending on containers weight total TEU amount can reach 318 units).
In combination with small draft CNF03.01 prj. ferry has no analogues in the world by quantity of wagons taken aboard.
There are Russian and European standard railway lines on the ferry. This is a character feature of the ferry. Loading-unloading is of one-level type, that essentially reduces the price of coast terminals and provides loading-unloading of train (50 wagons) during 1.0 - 1.5 hours.
The cargo deck is designed for transportation of wagons with weight up to 97 tons each, possible load of vehicles' axle is of 12 tons.
Cargo deck sizes (length is of 122.7 m, breadth is of 21.0 m) allow to transport so-called "project" cargoes which are impossible to place on usual vessels. Presence of fore located deckhouse practically does not restrict height of large-sized cargoes.
The vessel is of double-screw type. Cruising speed is of 10.0 kn. Vessel has two thrusters.
Autonomy is of 15 day. Crew consists of 16 persons (23 places).
Lead vessel's "SMAT" keel was laid down on 01.10.05. She was launched on 27.09.06 and was put into operation on 30.03.07. The vessel has been successfully operated on line port of Caucasus - port of Poty since then.
Vessel's "FERUZ" keel was laid down on 14.10.05. She was launched on 03.05.07 and was put into operation on 29.11.08.