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14.11.12 13:20
"United Cargo Fleet" accepted into operation the third multi-purpose dry-cargo vessel "UCF-1" of RSD18 project

Chinese shipyard in Yangzhou in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River has completed the building of multi-purpose dry cargo vessel "UCF-1" of RSD18 project with deadweight of 6125/5185 tons (building No. is of RU-WH01).
 
"United Cargo Fleet" is a ship-owner (Yuriy Lebedev is a president).
 
Project RSD18 was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
 
According to the information of holding "United Cargo Fleet" (http://ucfleet.com), the vessels "UCF-1" and "UCF-2" were laid down and built at the shipyard "Hua Xia" (Wuhan, Hubei Province, China), but due to the difficult financial situation of the last in April 2012, they have been transferred for the building to a new shipyard in the city of Yangzhou in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in April 2012. On arrival at the shipyard, vessels were raised for revision and coloring underwater part o the hull. Outfitting works were continued on "UCF-1" and "UCF-2". June 5, 2012 "UCF-1" was launched from the shipyard slipway of Yangzhou. The documents of Register were received after the trial on 18.10.12.
 
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 Ice 1 R2 AUT3-C.
 
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, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China); her keel was laid down on 20.04.07. She was launched on 07.10.09 and put into operation in Yangzhou (Yangtze River, China) on 18.10.12.
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. (Ningbo, Dzhoushan island, China). 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.