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19.11.13 12:55
Kherson Shipyard put into operation the lead tanker of RST26 project

On 16.11.13 at Kherson Shipyard the act of acceptance and delivery of the lead tanker "Gloster-1" of RST26 project with deadweight of 4560/2787 tons in sea/river was signed.
Project RST26 is designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
Vessel of RST26 prj. is assigned for mixed river-sea and sea transportation of crude oil and oil products, including benzine, without flash point restrictions, wine materals, vegetable oils and molasses.
The simultaneous transportation of two kinds of cargo of the same type is ensured.
Following character features of RST26 prj. vessel are as follows: longitudinal bulkhead in CL, cargo pumps' room, full absence of a framing in cargo tanks, increased trunk.
Vessels satisfy the dimensions of the Volga-Don Canal, Volga-Baltic Waterway and Belomor-Baltic Canal. Overall RST26 prj. vessel length is of 118.87 m, breadth is of 13.0 m, depth is of 5.8 m.
Vessels completely conform with new international requirements of transportation vegetable oils, including double-section unsinkability (except ER).
Total capacity of eight cargo tanks and two slop ones is of 5009 cub. m, deadweight is about 4600 tons when sea draught is of 4.784 m. Deadweight is about 2820 tons when river draught is of 3.60 m. Cruising speed is of 10.0 knots.
Eight submerged pumps with capacity of 115 cub. m/hour for each and one submerged pump of slop tank with capacity of 80 cub. m/hour are installed onboard. It provides 6 hours as cargo operations duration. Cargo system provides closed loading of cargo by shore-based facilities and unloading of it by vessel's submerged pumps. The system provides operations of loading and unloading cargo simultaneously for 2 types of cargo.
The system of isolated ballast is provided to be located completely in the cargo area of the tanker and is served by two ballast pumps.
Two medium-speed diesels of 567 kWt are used as main engine.
Autonomy is of 10 days.
Crew consists of 12 persons (16 places).
The keel of the lead vessel of RST26 prj "Gloster-1" was laid down on 22.07.11. She was launched on 22.02.13 and put into operation on 16.11.2013.