The Russia-Turkey agreement about organization of railway-ferry communication of the port of Caucasus to the port of Samsoon was signed up
According to press-release of Transport Ministry of Russian Federation on May 12, 2010 in Ankara in conformity with President of Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and President of Republic of Turkey Abdullah Gul negotiations agreement was signed up between Russian Federation government and Republic of Turkey government about organization of mixed international railway-ferry communication through the port of Caucasus (Russian Federation) and the port of Samsoon (Republic of Turkey).
For purposes of operational management and exploitation providing competent authorities of Sides (Transport Ministry of Russian Federation and Transport and Communication Ministry of Turkey) will create Operation Council of railway-ferry crossing between the port of Caucasus and the port of Samsoon.
Train ferries "SMAT" and "FERUZ" of Marine Engineering Bureau project CNF03.01 (train ferries belong to Black Sea Ferry Investment Shipping company) will work on ferry line the port of Caucasus - the port of Samsoon.
As it was earlier reported by OJSC "RRC", Russian Railway Company has purchased 51% stocks of Black Sea Ferry Investment.
The ferries "SMAT" and "FERUZ" are assigned for operation on railway ferry lines from the port of Caucasus to the port of Poty and from the port of Caucasus to the port of Samsoon (Turkey).
Project of ferries CNF03.01 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
Vessels are 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.
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 located aft.
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 draught CNF03.01 prj. ferries have 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.
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.
Second vessel's "FERUZ" keel was laid down on 14.10.05. She was launched on 03.05.07 and was put into operation on 04.03.09.