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01.11.13 14:00
Consideration of designs of cruise mixed river-sea going vessels with 550 passengers capacity and with 250-300 passengers capacity


Meeting of a Working group on coordination, technical-scientific and organizational support of realization of Federal Target Program "Civil Marine Engineering Development for 2009-2016" was carried out on 01.11.2013. This meeting took place in the Federal Agency of Marine and River Transport under direction of head deputy of RosMorRechFlot Mr. Vovk Victor.
 
During Working group meeting Mr. Gennadiy Egorov (the Marine Engineering Bureau general director, prof., Dr. Sc.) presented a report concerning results of technical projects creating of cruise mixed river-sea going vessels with about 550 passengers capacity (prj. PV500VB for line Moscow - St. Petersburg - Astrakhan) and with 250-300 passengers capacity (prj.PV300VD for line St.Petersburg - Moscow - Rostov-on-Don - Black Sea ports - Turkish ports - Red Sea ports).
 
Technical projects PV500VB and PV300VD have been created on the basis of conceptual projects of 2012, in view of the decision of Expert Council of Federal Agency of Marine and River Transport, National Chamber of Navigation, and also recommendations of leading passenger fleet operators such as the Moscow River Shipping Company, the "Vodokhod" Company, Russian representative of the Viking ("Passenger fleet") Company and some other international operators.
 
1. It was paid attention on concepts development comparing with previous design step. This development includes significant enhancing functional conditions of design vessels (examples below are given for the prj. PV500VB).
 
Passengers recreation zone
 
Number of restaurants is increased from 1 to 3; that has enabled one change meal period.
 
Restaurants' specific area was increased from 0.9 to 1.6 sq.m per single person.
 
"Swedish lines" are organized in all restaurants.
 
Two broadly placed "swedish lines" are foreseen in the main restaurant. The panorama restaurant is equipped with bar console and may be used as round-the-clock bar.
 
In the restaurant with open kitchen one can watch meals preparation because kitchen is separated from restaurant by glass wall only; this restaurant is able to work round-the clock also. Restaurant has opened terrace with two-person tables.
 
Panorama Lounge Bar is foreseen in the vessel's aft end.
 
Pool and two jacuzzis are foreseen on the terrace of the round-the-clock bar/disco club.
 
Open solar deck is equipped with movable tent, stage and artist's room.
 
Lobbies
 
Area of fore and aft lobbies on the main deck was significantly increased in order to improve passenger service at the cruise start and during cruise stops.
 
Fore and aft lobbies are equipped with atriums. Fore atrium is running through all decks of deck-house and has solar window in the deck-house roof.
 
There are reception and office room in the fore lobby.
 
Both lobbies are equipped with rest zones c with couches and coffee-machines.
 
Library is moved to the fore lobby.
 
Cabins
 
Passenger capacity is increased from 518 to 550 by organizing the third (child) place at 54 cabins.
 
The block of cabins (12 pcs.) is added on a solar deck before fore a lobby, due to moving conference halls and a part of crew cabins to vessel's hold and also moving bridge forward as possible.
 
Passenger stream and crew stream are split at the vessel's hold.
 
Cabins above ER are cancelled.
 
Others
 
Passage through main deck with ability of forecastle deck entering is organized for mooring works providing.
 
ER is decreased.
 
Conditioners compartment at the fore part of the hold is cancelled (air conditioning apparatus is placed in the water treatment room). Seven air conditioner rooms are added at the deck-house.
 
The excess number of shops is decreased.
 
Video saloon and interne coffee are cancelled; wireless Internet and TV are provided at all cabins.
 
2. PV500VB concept architectural-structural type is as follows: steel, triple-screw motor ship (with full-turn rudder propeller at CL), with slopping stem and transom stern, with excess freeboard, with forecastle, with four-tiers living superstructures through the whole vessel's length, with wheelhouse located fore and engine-room located aft.
 
Vessel's main particulars are as follows:
 
RRR class notation is of M-PR 2,5 (ice 30) A;
length overall is of 179.86 m;
length due DWL is of 176.00 m;
breadth overall is of 17.00 m;
breadth is of 16.80 m;
depth is of 5.50 m;
draught due DWL is of 3.20 m;
overall height from BL is of 16.4 m;
crew and the operating staff is of 117 persons.
 
General arrangement drawing for passenger PV500VB vessel at *.pdf format (3.7 MB) may be vied by the following link.
 
Cruise vessel arrangement scheme with passenger capacity of 550 persons (194 standard double cabins and 54 cabins with capacity 2+1 add) is as follows:
 
• 26 classical cabins (about 14 sq.m);
• 64 standard cabins (about 15 sq.m);
• 2 cabins (about 20 sq.m) for disable people;
• 136 standard cabins (about 17 sq.m) with balcony;
• 16 luxury suites (about 26 sq.m) with balcony;
• 4 luxury suites (about 33 sq.m) with balcony.
 
Passengers' cabins are placed in the middle vertical zone on 4 tiers of deck-house and in the hull on the lower deck. Cabins for captain, chief and navigator, and also for shipowner are placed on a solar deck near to the wheel house. Accommodation of other 113 crew members is foreseen in the hull in the middle vertical zone. Passenger cabins on middle, upper and solar decks have own balconies with moving sections for providing through pass in emergencies.
 
The fore and aft vertical zones are used for providing passengers rest.
 
The following compartments are located in the fore vertical zone:
 
• panorama theatrical-musician saloon with bar;
• main restaurant;
• panorama restaurant;
• gift shops;
• transform conference halls.
 
The following compartments are located in the aft vertical zone:
 
• round-the-clock bar with terrace, pool and two Jacuzzis;
• solar deck with grill bar;
• lounge bar;
• aft restaurant;
• SPA saloon with sauna, two massage cabinets and rest room with Jacuzzi;
• gym room;
• children room;
• hair dressing room;
• gift shop.
 
One change meal period is foreseen for all passengers. Three restaurants are foreseen for this purpose, as follows:
 
• main restaurant;
• panorama restaurant
• restaurant with open kitchen.
 
Two broadly placed "swedish lines" are foreseen in the main restaurant.
 
The panorama restaurant is equipped with bar console and may be used as round-the-clock bar.
 
In the restaurant with open kitchen one can watch meals preparation because kitchen is separated from restaurant by glass wall only.
 
All the restaurants have the maximal glazing that allows to enjoy not only tasty meal, but also a view through the windows.
 
24-hour bar works till the last client. The disco club is here in the evening and bar with terrace (with pool and two jacuzzis) is in the day time. Bar arrangement doesn't bother other passengers to rest.
 
One can visit lounge bar and rest here in calm conditions, listen for quiet music and drink favourite beverage against panorama view.
 
Grill bar is located on the open solar deck.
 
Open part of the solar deck is assign for passengers rest; deck chairs with umbrellas are located here. Open part of the deck is covered by moving tent in case of bad weather.
 
Salvage equipment is placed in fore and aft vessel's parts, as follows: 4 high speed rescue boats (2 ones by each side) and 6 up-to-date evacuation systems with closed inflatable self-righting living rafts (6 rafts for 101 persons each and 2 rafts for 25 persons each). Such systems were not used at river vessels before.
 
Vessel's hull has mixed framing system in the middle part. The main and middle decks are designed with longitudinal framing system along the whole length. The lower deck, the upper deck and the sun deck are designed with transverse framing system along the whole length. Bottom and tank top are designed with longitudinal framing system at a middle part and with transverse framing system at ends and at the ER. Sides are designed with transversal framing system along the whole length.
 
8 main water-tight transverse bulkheads are to be mounted onboard the vessel, dividing the hull into 9 water-tight compartments. Side and bottom structures are reinforced in accordance with the "ice 30" RRR requirements.
 
Decks construction at the regions of big atrium cutouts are reinforced by thickened plates and additional girders.
 
Twin-shaft with fixed pitch propellers and a full turn rudder-propeller in CL are installed in the aft vessel's part. For improvement of controllability at low speeds, during passing narrow waters and at mooring 2 bow thrusters and one stern thruster are foreseen onboard the vessel.
 
Control system is foreseen in order to provide full control of vessel's movement during manoeuvring at low speed, mooring or docking operations. This control system integrates all vessel's propulsion devices (propellers, rudder propeller and thrusters) into united module, so steering of all these gears may be effected by single joystick.
 
Power plant includes, as follows:
 
• main unit consisting of two diesel engines with maximal continuous capacity of 1200kW (working through reduction gears towards 2 fixed-pitch propellers) and one full-turn rudder propeller with fixed-pitch propeller (capacity of 1200 kW) driven from propulsion electric motor;
• auxiliary unit consisting of four diesel-generators (electrical capacity of 1140 kW each) and emergency diesel-generator (electrical capacity of about 214 kW);
• auxiliary boiler plant consisting of one oil fired heater with heat power of 1500 kW and four exhaust gas heaters with heat power of 250 kW each;
• auxiliary mechanisms and apparatus serving power plant.
 
Heavy fuel oil IFO380 with viscosity 380 cSt at 50°C with flash point > 60°C is used. Diesel oil with flash point > 60°C is used for emergency diesel-generator.
 
Elevators (with capacity of 4 persons) are foreseen for passengers, as follows: 2 ones in the fore lobby and single in the aft lobby.
 
3 dumbwaiters are foreseen for cargoes transferring between galley and restaurants; one of them is assign for mess-room servicing also. Cargo elevator is foreseen from laundry (lower deck) up to solar deck.
 
3. Prj.V300VD cruise passenger vessel is assign for operation at lines St.Petersburg - Moscow, Rostov-on-Don - Moscow with passing trough Volgo-Don Canal. Vessel is able to fulfill international voyages including through Azov, Caspian, Black, Red and Baltic Seas and Mediterranean.
 
PV300VD concept architectural-structural type is as follows: steel, triple-screw motor ship, with slopping stem and transom stern, with excess freeboard, with forecastle, with four-tiers living superstructures through the whole vessel's length, with wheelhouse located fore and engine-room located aft.
 
Vessel's main particulars are as follows:
 
RS class notation is of Ice1 R2-RSN;
length overall is of 141.00 m;
length due DWL is of 136.70 m;
breadth overall is of 16.82 m;
breadth is of 16.60 m;
depth is of 5.50 m;
draught due DWL is of 3.20 m;
overall height from BL is of 17.20 m;
crew and the operating staff is of 76 persons.
 
General arrangement drawing for passenger PV300VD vessel at *.pdf format (4.4 MB) may be vied by the following link.
 
Cruise vessel arrangement scheme with passenger capacity of 300 persons is as follows:
 
• 40 standard cabins (about 16 sq.m);
• 94 standard cabins (about 16 sq.m) with balcony;
• 14 luxury suites (about 23 sq.m) with balcony;
• 2 luxury suites (about 39 sq.m) with balcony.
 
Passengers' cabins are placed in the middle vertical zone on 4 tiers of deck-house. Cabins for captain, navigator and shipowner are placed on a tent deck near to the wheel house. Accommodation of other 74 crew members is foreseen in the hull in the middle vertical zone. Passenger cabins on upper, boat and tent decks have own balconies with moving sections for providing through pass in emergencies.
 
The fore and aft vertical zones are used for providing passengers rest.
 
The following compartments are located in the fore vertical zone:
 
• panorama theatrical-musician saloon with bar;
• main restaurant;
• panorama restaurant;
• gift shops;
• transform conference halls.
 
The following compartments are located in the aft vertical zone:
 
• round-the-clock bar with terrace, pool and two Jacuzzis;
• tent deck with grill bar;
• lounge bar;
• aft restaurant;
• SPA saloon with sauna, two massage cabinets and rest room with Jacuzzi;
• gym room;
• children room;
• hair dressing room.
 
One change meal period is foreseen for all passengers. Three restaurants are foreseen for this purpose, as follows:
 
• main restaurant;
• panorama restaurant;
• restaurant with open kitchen.
 
Vessel stability in all operational loading cases meets requirements of the RRR (RS) Rules pursuant to the class of the ship. Vessel damage stability is ensured for flooding any compartment. The fire safety of the vessel is made pursuant to the requirements of the RRR (RS) Rules and SOLAS-74 and is secured by the structural members of fire protection, fire-extinguishing systems, fire alarm system, materials, and also by the set of fire-prevention supply.
 
Vessel is equipped with live saving gear in accordance with the requirements of the RRR (RS) Rules and SOLAS-74. The installation of four life-saving boats (2 with capacity of 38 persons each in the fore part of a living block and 2 ones with capacity of 150 persons each in the aft part of a living block) is foreseen. Also 2 up-to-data evacuation systems with closed inflatable self-righting living rafts (4 rafts for 50 persons each) are foreseen.
 
Vessel's hull has mixed framing system in the middle part. The boat and tent decks together with wheelhouse roof are designed with transverse framing system along the whole length. Bottom, tank top, lower deck, main deck and upper deck are designed with longitudinal framing system at a middle part and with transverse framing system at ends and at the ER. Sides are designed with transversal framing system along the whole length. Vessel's ends construction are designed with transverse framing system.
 
8 main water-tight transverse bulkheads are to be mounted onboard the vessel, dividing the hull into 9 water-tight compartments.
 
Decks construction at the regions of big atrium cutouts are reinforced by thickened plates and additional girders.
 
Three fixed-pitch propellers are located in the aft part of the vessel.
 
The steering gear consists of three balance rudders, which are installed in the plane of the propellers' axes. Rudder blades have streamline form.
 
For improvement of controllability at low speeds, during passing narrow waters and at mooring bow thrusters is foreseen onboard the vessel.
 
Control system is foreseen in order to provide full control of vessel's movement during manoeuvring at low speed, mooring or docking operations. This control system integrates all vessel's propulsion devices (propellers and thrusters) into united module, so steering of all these gears may be effected by single joystick.
 
Power plant includes, as follows:
 
• main unit consisting of 3 diesel engines with maximal continuous capacity of about 1000kW (working through reduction gears towards 3 fixed-pitch propellers);
• auxiliary unit consisting of 3 diesel-generators (electrical capacity of 760 kW each) and emergency diesel-generator (electrical capacity of about 214 kW);
• auxiliary boiler plant consisting of 2 oil fired thermal heater with heat power of about 500 kW each and 3 exhaust gas heaters with heat power of about 170 kW each;
• auxiliary mechanisms and apparatus serving power plant.
 
Heavy fuel oil IFO380 with viscosity 380 cSt at 50°C with flash point > 60°C is used. Diesel oil with flash point > 60°C is used for emergency diesel-generator.
 
Elevators (with capacity of 4 persons) are foreseen for passengers, as follows: 2 single in the fore lobby and single in the aft lobby.
 
2 dumbwaiters are foreseen for cargoes transferring between galley and restaurants; one of them is assign for mess-room servicing also.