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22.02.06 15:21
The first vessel of "Azov Max" class was launched

On February, 18, 2006 the first dry-cargo vessel "Azov Concept" with DW 8050 tons was launched at Gelibolu shipyard (Turkey) for ALBROS company (Raim Alekperov is a general director).
Vessel's project RSD12 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB). Project was designed with the active participation of ALBROS colleagues.
The vessel belongs to "Azov Max" type due to MEB internal classification. Principal particulars (overall length is of 142.00 m, overall width is of 18.20 m) are defined by sailing conditions of shallow water at Russian Azov ports (Rostov-on-Don, Taganrog, Azov, Eysk) without sailing through locks of Volga-Don canal.
Vessel it is optimized for work with draughts of 3.8-4.5 m. With draught of 4.77 m maximum deadweight is of 8050 tons, with draught of 4.50 m deadweight is of 7400 tons.
"Azov Concept" is the first vessel in the series and the first vessel of "mouth-river" class with maximum dimensions for such sailing conditions. Absence of requirements on a maximum dimension has allowed to develop essentially more aesthetic high aft superstructure, than on vessels of the river - sea type.
The dry cargo vessel is assigned for transportation of general, bulk, timber, grain and large-sized cargoes, 8'.5 and 9' ISO containers, dangerous goods of 1.4S, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 classes of IMDG Code and cargoes of category B of BC Code. The vessel has four holds with total capacity of 10930 cub.m. The double bottom is designed for distributed load intensity of 10.0 t/m². Hatch covers are of Folding type.
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class is of KM LU1 II A1.
Movement and maneuverability of the vessel is provided by two stern full-circle rudder propellers with variable-pitch propeller without nozzles. Medium-speed diesels (main engines) capacity is of 2x1520 kw. Main engines use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of 380cSt. Vessel's cruising speed is of 10.5 kn.
Total ballast tanks capacity is of 3130 cub.m. Ballast is placed into side compartments and picks. Double side's breadth is of 2400 mm. Double bottom compartments are dry to decrease capacity of future repairs. Double bottom's height is of 1200 mm.
Presence of rudder propellers allowed to mount shaft generators with capacity of 400 kWt each.
Bow thruster capacity is of 240 kWt. Crew consists of 12 persons. Autonomy is of 20 days.
Vessel's keel was laid down on 20.12.04 and she was launched on 18.02.06.
The second vessel is being built. There will be 4 vessels in the series.