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03.11.09 19:38
Murmansk Shipping Company successfully operates the fifth ice category bulk-carrier of "Grumant" type

According to the press-department of OJSC "MSC" report BC14 prj. bulk-carrier "SEVERNAYA ZEMLYA" (unrestricted sailing region, deadweight is of 23700 tons and ice category of Arc4) called at the base port of Murmansk for the first time on the 1st of September, 2009.
On September 3, 2009 bulk-carrier departed for voyage to the port of Ternezen (Belgium) with apatite concentrate cargo.
Vessel's master Nickolay Grigoriev signed that "there were a lot of ideas during vessel's building and many of them had been implemented, and this is nice. And now we have satisfied (during work voyages), that vessel has an excellent seagoing abilities, perfectly withstands side storm wave, good speed relatively to fuel consumption (this is very important this days). The vessel is of A1 class, of increased ice category, with term of operation not less than 30 years. Crew consists of 19 people, living conditions are "as in health resort". There are swimming pool, sauna, gym, comfortable cabins, spacious bridge. Vessel's "filling" is able to surprise even the professionals, the most up-to-date technologies have added to motor-vessel operation light, speed and economy".
The bulk-carrier was built at "Cxengxi Shipyard" shipyard in JianYyin town (Jiangsu province, China).
"SEVERNAYA ZEMLYA" vessel's project is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (conceptual design, calculated, general-projected and hull parts of classification project) and China Design University (equipment, rigging and workshop drawings). Main engine is an economic low-speed diesel engine (was built on Bryansk Engineering Factory).
Vessel was registered into Russian International Vessels' Registry (flag is of Russian Federation).
Vessel's overall length is of 180.50 m, breadth is of 22.86 m, depth is of 13.50 m, Summer Freeboard draught is of 9.91 m.
Vessel has 7 holds, double bottom and double sides. She is assigned for transportation bulk, grain, general cargoes, un-liquefied ore concentrate and dangerous goods of 1, 1.4S, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 classes of IMDG Code and cargoes of category B of BC Code.
BC14 prj. vessel's Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class notation is of KM Arc4 AUT1 bulk carrier BC-A (ESP).
Summarized capacity of cargo holds is of 25440 cubic m. Deadweight is of 23700 tons.
Container capacity is 512 TEU.
Main engine 6S 50MC-C is of low-speed diesel engine type with capacity of 9480 kWt. The engine was built on Bryansk Engineering Factory. The engine's fuel is of profit-proved heavy fuel classes (masout).
Cruising speed is of 15.2 kn. Sailing distance is of 9000 miles.
The keel of vessel "SEVERNAYA ZEMLYA" was laid down on 29.10.08. She was put into operation on 24.04.09.
Nowadays four BC14 prj. vessels of OJSC "MSC" are being operated: "Grumant" (vessel was put into operation on 25.08.06), "Pomorye" (vessel was put into operation on 30.07.07) ,"Zapolyarye" (vessel was put into operation on 20.08.08) and "Novaya zemlya" (vessel was put into operation on 24.03.09).