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03.12.10 12:42
Astrakhan shipyard "Galaktika" completed the large modernization of tanker "Kapitan Shchemilkin" for "Volgotrans" company

On November 22, 2010 product and chemical tanker "Kapitan Shchemilkin" (IMO 8727965) of 630 project departed for the first voyage from berth of Astrakhan shipyard "Galaktika" after large modernization.
Ship-owner of the "Kapitan Shchemilkin" is shipping company "Volgotrans" (Rodion Svetlicnov is general director).
The project of modernization has been carried out by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
The most part of Soviet tankers with the deadweight of 5000 tons and less, such as "Kapitan Shchemilkin", does not have double bottom and the double sides or height of the double bottom is less than value required by the Regulation 19 (former 13F) of MARPOL. These tankers concern to the set of following projects (vessels were built at the Russian and Bulgarian shipyards): "Volgoneft" type: prj. 550, 550, 558, 1577, 630, 630.1, 630.2, "Lenaneft" type: prj. P77, 621, 621.1, 621.2, bunker vessels' type: prj. 610, 588, "Oleg Koshevoj" type: prj. 1677, 16773, 16776, "Ore-oil carrier" type: prj. 1553, 1570, etc.
Vessel adduction in accordance to above-mentioned international requirements is the main aim of modernization.
Thereto elevation of double bottom over whole cargo zone to the height which is regulated by Regulation 19 of MARPOL 73/78 was taken place.
The total weight of transferred and new constructions is about 200 tons. Other parts of vessel were under reconditioning repair.
Class notation is of RS KM L4 R2-RSN oil tanker (ESP).
Deadweight is of 5562 tons when sea draught is of 4.09 m.
Deadweight is of 4369 tons with the draught of 3.60 m in the river.
Capacity of cargo tanks is of 6418 cub. m. Number of tanks is of 12. There are 2 cargo pumps. Each of them has output of 450 cub m/h.
Overall length is of 138.0 m, breadth calculated is of 16.5 m, depth is of 6.40 m.
Two medium-speed engines of 882 kW each provide vessel's speed of 10.4 kn.
In total it is necessary to mark that the majority of present tankers with deadweight of 5000 tons and less lost the habitual place in the market and can transport only light petroleum products and light grades oil.
Possible variants of actions:
(1) discarding of old vessels and building new MARPOL tank vessels;
(2) transportation only light oils (probably, in the future, it will be possible only for tankers with age less than 25 years);
(3) Tanker's modernization into dry cargo vessel;
(4) Arranging of double bottom and double sides without changing the year of building (modernization);
(5) Arranging of double bottom and double sides with changing the year of building (conversion).
Decisions (4) and (5) allow to increase a life time of present tankers for the term of 10-15 years and to provide the required international ecological safety level.
"Kapitan Shchemilkin" tanker (630 prj.) is the third vessel which was modernized to provide requirements of Regulation 19 of MARPOL 73/78 execution. The first example of such realized approach was modernization of "Mechanic Khachepuridze" tanker. It consisted of increasing double bottom height up to the value required by MARPOL and system modernization due to chemical carrier IMO2 requirements.
The basic result of "Kapitan Shchemilkin" tanker modernization is extension of a vessel operation for at least 10 years, keeping an opportunity of transportations of the full nomenclature of oils.