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01.01.12 22:26
First two vessels of RSD18 prj. of United Cargo Fleet arrived from China


First coal loading of multipurpose RSD18 prj. dry cargo vessel To "UCF-4" (building No. RU-WH04) with Dw of 6125/5185 t was completed at the port of Kerch.
 
"UCF-3" and "UCF-4" vessels carried out successful voyage though Indian Ocean and on 11.12.2011 passed the Suez Canal. After vessels left for China they were loaded by pipes and steel plates at the port of Phohang (Republic of Korea) and started towards Singapore. At the Singapore they had got supply and bunker and continued voyage towards Colombo (Sri-Lanka). After Sri-Lanka vessels passed Arabian sea and Gulf of Aden and entered into Red Sea. Voyage was completed by Suez Canal passing. "UCF-3" arrived to the port of Damietta (Egypt) for unloading and then sailed to the port of Varna (Bulgaria) with urea cargo. "UCF-4" arrived to the port of Mangalia (Romania) and then arrived to the poet of Kerch for coke loading for Zondulag.
 
United Cargo Fleet is a shipowner (Yuriy Lebedev is a president, Sergey Lokhankin is a vice-president).
 
Shipowners' press release told as follows: " During voyage vessels passed more than 8000 miles; all constructions, mechanisms and systems were tested at different voyage conditions. Initial vessels' operation showed nice results in all main parameters and characteristics. Crews fulfilled fully put tasks and fine completed the first voyage.
 
RSD18 prj. vessels "UCF-3" and "UCF-4" (building Nos. RU-WH03 and -04) were built at the Hengyu Shipyard (Ningbo, is. Zhoushan, China). Flag rising solemn ceremony was carried out 0n 19.09.2011.
 
Project RSD18 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
 
The vessels' building was under Russian Maritime Register of Shipping Nizhny Novgorod branch supervision (Vladimir Gadalov is a director).
 
Vessels belong to so-called "Azov 5000" type due to MEB internal classification, i.e. to Azov-Caspian "coasters" that have cargo lifting capacity is about 5000 tons for characterized draught of 4.20 - 4.50 m for Russian Azov and Caspian ports (Astrakhan, Neka) with possibility of voyages through Volga-Don Canal.
 
Vessel was designed for Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class notation of KM LU1 II A3.
 
Vessel's overall length is of 123.17 m, length between perpendiculars is of 118.60 m, breadth is of 16.50 m, depth is of 5.50 m.
 
RSD18 prj. deadweight is of 5185 tons with sea draught of 4.20 m, with the river draught of 3.6 m deadweight is of 3930 tons, maximum deadweight in the sea with draught of 4.67 m is of 6125 tons.
 
Summarized capacity of three box-shaped cargo holds is of 8595 cub. m. Container capacity is of 240 TEU, while hatch covers container capacity is of 60 TEU. Permissible load onto the tank top is of 7.5 tons per square meter. Hatch coamings height is of 3.5 m. Hatch covers opening is of 77% of the vessel breadth.
 
Designed vessel hull's life term is of 24 years. Double bottom height is of 1 m, side tank breadth is of 1.9 m.
 
The vessel can be operated, if necessary, at low draughts of 3.2-3.4 m in the river. With draught in fresh water of 3.4 m deadweight is of 3530 tons that allows to insist that this vessel in the river is some modern analogue of the dry cargo vessels of "Omskiy" type.
 
Hatch covers are of removable type (with gantry crane). Crew consists of 12 persons (14 places).
 
Ballast tanks' capacity is of 2485 cub. m.
 
Autonomy is of 20 days in sea and 15 days in river.
 
Cruising speed is of 10.0 kn. Main engines (medium-speed diesels of "W-CXZ" Chinese company production under "MAN B&W" license) capacity is of 2x1120 kw.
 
Main engines use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of 180 cSt. Variable-pitch propellers' diameter is of 2.6 m.
 
Bow thruster capacity is of 120 kWt. Ship's electric power plant consists of 3 diesel-generators (made in China) with capacity of 160 kWt each, and emergency diesel-generator with capacity of 80 kWt.
 
Vessels of RSD18 prj. are assigned for river-sea going and sea transportations of general, bulk, grain, timber and large-sized cargoes, ISO containers, coal and dangerous goods of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes.
 
Vessel's principal dimensions allow to sail through Volga-Baltic Way and Volga-Don Canal, ice class is of LU1 for operation in Azov and Caspian Seas in winter.
 
Lead vessel "UCF-1" (building No is of RU-WH01, "Hua Sya" shipyard); her keel was laid down on 20.04.07. She was launched on 07.10.09.
Second vessel "UCF-2" (building No is of RU-WH02, "Hua Sya" shipyard); her keel was laid down on 20.04.07. She was launched on 29.05.10.
Third vessel "UCF-3" (building No is of RU-WH03, "Hua Sya" shipyard); her keel was laid down on 15.06.07. She was launched on 16.06.10. Vessel's building was finished at "Hengyu" shipyard. She was put into operation on 19.09.11.
Fourth vessel "UCF-4" (building No is of RU-WH02, "Hua Sya" shipyard); her keel was laid down on 15.06.07. She was launched on 25.06.10. Vessel's building was finished at "Hengyu" shipyard. She was put into operation on 19.09.11.
Fifth vessel "UCF-5" (building No is of 1, "Hengyu" shipyard); her keel was laid down on 08.05.10.
Sixth vessel "UCF-6" (building No is of 2, "Hengyu" shipyard) was laid down on 08.05.10.