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08.10.10 15:38
Chinese shipyard of Hyundai Corporation laid down the keel of eighth dry-cargo vessel of DCV36 project and started the steel cutting for the tenth one

On September 13, 2010 the keel of eighth multi-purpose sea dry-cargo vessel of DCV36 project (building No. is of QHS-308) was laid down at Qingdao Hyundai Shipbuilding Co. Shipyard (Qingdao, China).
On September 24, 2010 the ceremony of steel cutting beginning for the hull of ninth multi-purpose sea dry-cargo vessel of DCV36 project (building No. is of QHS-308) was carried out at the same shipyard.
Holding VBTH is a customer which ordered vessels' series of DCV36 prj. International transport group Universal Cargo Logistics Holding is a majority stockholder of VBTH holding. Universal Cargo Logistics Holding consolidates a group of Russian navigation, stevedoring and shipbuilding companies.
Vessel's project (DCV36) is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
Unlike previous dry cargo vessels series built for the holding, new project was a seagoing vessel of unrestricted sailing region from the very beginning. This project has corresponding safety factor, thickness of hull elements and main engines capacity.
DCV36 prj. is of striking innovation character type. Deadweight exceeding 5000 t for present-day single hold dry cargo vessel with calculated length less than 85 m was reached for the first time.
DCV36 prj. vessels are assigned for transportation of general, solid bulk, scrap, grain, coal, timber, heavy and large-sized cargoes, ISO 20' and 40' containers with height up to 9.5' (including ref containers), dangerous goods of 1.4S, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes of IMDG Code and cargoes of category B of BC Code.
High ice category Ice3 allows to work in Baltic and White Seas in winter.
Project was designed for Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class notation of the project is of KM Ice 3 AUT1.
Vessel is steel single-deck motor one of unrestricted sailing region with single cargo hold, single screw, with forecastle and poop, with deck-house and engine-room located aft, with a double bottom and double sides in the cargo area, with removable grain bulkheads, with bulb fore and transom aft ends, with hatch covers of "folding" type, with bow thruster.
Overall length is of 89.96 m, calculated length is of 84.89 m, breadth is of 14.5 m, depth is of 7.5 m, summer freeboard draught is of 6.40, deadweight for this draught is of 5026 t.
Cargo hold is designed of the box-shaped smooth-wall type, convenient for carrying out the freight works and placing a cargo without stowing. The cargo hold's sizes are of 60.0x11.50x9.20 m; that ensures placing 3 tiers of 9.5' containers or large-sized cargoes. Cargo holds capacity is of 6230 cub.m.
Double bottom is designed for distributed load intensity of 14.0 t per sq.m and for bucket grab usage.
Vessel's hull is design for Ice3 ice category for operation in Baltic and White Seas during whole year. Hull's theoretical forms, ice passability and hull's strength, main engine capacity fully satisfy the new requirements of Finnish-Swedish Ice Regulation.
Proceeding from results of resistance calculation methods (cruising speed of 12 kn was achieved) medium-speed diesel MAK 8M25C was chosen as main engine. This diesel has maximum specification continuous capacity of 2640 kW with speed of 750 rpm. Main engine use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of 380 cSt.
Heavy fuel stores are placed in deep-tanks in area of the ER fore bulkhead.
Autonomy is of 25 days.
For improvement of vessel's controllability at low speeds, during passing narrow waters and mooring the 170 kWt capacity bow thruster of the "screw in a tube" type with a fixed-pitch propeller (FPP) is foreseen.
For crew accommodation (10 persons) 2 single block-cabins and 8 single cabins with individual sanitary unit and shower are provided. Double cabin for students and single cabin for pilot are foreseen. Total number of persons' places onboard is 13.
Keel of the lead vessel of the series "Ametist" (building No is QHS - 301) was laid down on 16.11.09. She was launched on 17.05.10.
Keel of the second vessel in the series "Agat" (building No is QHS - 302) was laid down on 03.12.09. She was launched on 15.06.10.
Keel of the third vessel in the series "Biryuza" (building No is QHS - 303) was laid down on 23.12.09. She was launched on 14.07.10.
Keel of the fourth vessel in the series "Lazurit" (building No is QHS - 304) was laid down on 15.01.10. She was launched on 04.09.10.
Keel of the fifth vessel in the series (building No is QHS - 305) was laid down on 02.04.10.
Keel of the sixth vessel in the series (building No is QHS - 306) was laid down on 04.05.10.
Keel of the seventh vessel in the series (building No is QHS - 307) was laid down on 19.07.10.
Keel of the eighth vessel in the series (building No is QHS - 308) was laid down on 13.09.10.
Korean company Hyundai is going to build ten multipurpose seagoing dry-cargo vessels of DCV36 project with deadweight about 5030 tons at own shipyard in China.
Chinese Yard is going to put into operation all vessels in the series until the end of 2011 for Universal Cargo Logistics Holding.