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11.01.11 12:01
First voyage of train-ferry "SMAT" on the line from the port of Samsun to the port of Caucasus has finished

Train-ferry "Smat" of CNF03.01 project arrived to the port of Caucasus (Russian Federation) from the port of Samsun (Turkey) on January 1, 2011.
11 railway wagons with margarine were transported to Uzbekistan in the first voyage. Such route appreciably reduces delivery time and cost of cargo delivery from Turkey to Russian Federation and Central Asia republics. Wheel pair exchange (from 1520 mm railway line to 1435 mm line and vice versa), or cargo transferring from railway wagons to motor transport or European line railway wagons are carried out at the port of Samsun.
Line opening was based on Agreement between Ministry of Transport of Russian Federation and Turkey Ministry of Transport and Communication about foundation of the mixed international train-ferry operation through the port of Caucasus and the port of Samsun. The Agreement was signed on May 14, 2010 in Ankara during the visit of RF President Dmitriy Medvedev to Turkey.
Transportation on the line is carried out by the train ferries of CNF03.01 prj. "Smat" and "Feruz" of Black Sea Ferry Investment Shipping Company (51% of stock belong to the OJSC "RZhD").
Ferry's CNF03.01 project was designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
The vessels of CNF03.01 project "SMAT" and "Feruz" are assigned for operation on railway ferry lines from the port of Caucasus to the port of Poty or to the port of Samsun (Turkey).
Vessels are 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.
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.
Vessels' 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 Samsun (Turkey) and to the port of Poti (Georgia) to provide cargo transportation on lines Russia - Turkey and Russia - Armenia.
Ferry's speed was 10 kn with 75% usage of two diesel-generators capacity during running test and good manoeuvrability in the constrained conditions. Vessel is able to make full turn without side shifting by using two thrusters.
Vessel of CNF03.01 prj. has the deckhouse and engine-room located fore and propulsion motors 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. 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 keel of second vessel of CNF03.01 prj. "Feruz" was laid down on 14.10.05. She was launched on 03.05.07 and put into operation on 29.11.08.