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03.10.11 10:25
Third livestock carrier with RS class left commenced voyage

On October 1, 2011 Turkish shipyard Torlak (Tuzla) put into operation special vessel for livestock transportation of LSC02 project with deadweight is of 6011 tons.
Vessel's name is "Gracia Del Mar".
Vessel's project LSC02 was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
The vessel is assigned for transportation of livestock (about 6400 units of cattle) on 8 decks on routes South America - Middle East and Australia - Middle East. Also camels transportation is foreseen from Africa to Middle East.
RS class notation is of KM Livestock carrier.
Vessel is steel nine-decks single-screw motorship, with overall length of 122.77 m, breadth of 19.40 m, with full length superstructure (depth up to main deck is of 12.3 m), with engine-room, living quarters and wheelhouse located aft, with double bottom and double sides, with bulbous bow and transom stern, with excess freeboard.
Vessel's deadweight of is of 6011 tons (summer freeboard draught is of 8.144 m). Gross tonnage is 12299. Net tonnage is 6944.
Service speed is of 14.5 knots while main engine's (low-speed diesel) MDC is of 4416 kWt.
Steering complex consists of fixed-pitch propeller and streamlined semibalanced rudder. Bow thruster "screw in a pipe" is foreseen for improvement of controllability at low speeds, at passing narrow waters and at moorings. Three diesel-generators with capacity of 600 kWt each are mounted aft for providing electricity for water-desalinating plant system and ventilation of cargo decks.
Crew consists of 28 persons (actually vessel's crew) and 14 persons for livestock service ("cowboys"). Two life boats with 44 person capacity of each and two inflatable life rafts (25 persons capacity) are installed.
Favourable conditions for safe and secure cattle transportation are createdonboard the vessel including sufficient for 2 meals a day quantity of feed and supply sufficient quantity of drinking water, and also special systems for automatic feeding and fresh water, rejections and flows remove, livestock compartments ventilation.
Loading and unloading of livestock is implemented through stern ramp. Vessel's loading begins from lower decks towards upper decks. Silo loading begins after livestock loading. Unloading proceeds inversely, from upper decks towards lower decks.
Summarized area of nine cargo decks is of 9281 sq.m.
Transportable quantity of livestock is of 6400 units of cattle (mid weight is of 400 kg) or 5380 units of cattle (mid weight is of 500 kg). Two feed bunkers total capacity for silo is of 2121 cub.m.
Capacity of water-desalinating plant (for livestock drinking water) is of 360 cub.m per day.