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10.07.14 13:23
Solemnly launch of the lead combined platform tanker "Balt Flot 1" of RST54 project was carried out at Oka Shipyard

On 10.07.2014 solemnly launch of the lead combined platform tanker "Balt Flot 1" of RST54 project of the "Volgo-Don Max" class with deadweight 5600 t (building No. 5401) was carried out at Oka Shipyard at Navashino (Vladimir Kulikov is a director).
"BF Tanker" company is a customer (St. Petersburg). The company is engaged in marine and river cargo transportations, and also solves the accompanied logistical problems. "Balt Flot 1" is the first vessel ordered by "BF Tanker" Company. Putting into operation is going to be at September 2014, and the vessel will immediately start to carry out transportations under a contract with the "Lukoil" oil Company. Building completion of all series of 10 vessels is going to be effected until October 2015.
Building of RST54 vesselsı series was carried out due to scheme of financing by the State Transport Leasing Company at the condition of state backing of 2/3 rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation refinancing.
RST54 prj. is designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
The character features of new concepts are "expanding" narrow places of inland water transport by using new technical decisions. Saying in other words, transportation ability is increased by maximal usage of actual way characteristics (maximal available vessel's length and breadth), and mainly by usage extremely fat hull contours, that have never used before in world's practice. Usage of RST54 combined vessels provides both directions cargo transportation (oil cargoes towards one direction and dry cargoes towards back direction); that should allow decreasing highways rate due to re-forwarding some cargoes from road to water transportation. Such re-forwarded cargoes include passenger cars, that usually bring from St.-Petersburg to central Russia by car transportation trucks and heavy containers that are prohibited for car trains transportation due to unallowable road loads.
RRR class notation is of M-PR2.5 (ice30) A.
As other mixed river-sea going tankers designed by marine Engineering Bureau, RST54 prj. vessels use full-circle rudder propellers as single movement and manoeuvre facilities.
RST54 vessels satisfy Volga-Don Canal dimensions such as Volgo-Balt Way ones. Vessel's overall length is of 140.85 m, breadth is of 16.60 m, depth is of 5.00 m. She belongs to the "Volgo-Don Max" class.
Tanker cargoes with flashpoint restriction more than 60°C is provided in 10 cargo tanks (total capacity of 5446 cub.m.) and 2 slop tanks (total capacity of 207 cub.m.). All cargo tanks are separated from outer shell by double sides and double bottom. Dimensions of double constructions meet requirements of International MARPOL 73|78 Convention.
Cargo system provides closed cargo receiving by shore equipment and cargo discharge by vessel's submersible pumps. Manifolds provide cargo intake and discharge by both sides; they are arranged in the middle and aft parts of the cargo area. Transitional connectors are foreseen in the vessel's supply in order to provide manifolds' coupling with different diameters hoses. Maximal loading capacity for each cargo or slop tank is of 600 cub.m./hour. Summarizes loading capacity for the whole vessel is of 1200 cub.m./hour.
Heating system is served by two steam boilers (capacity of 2.5 t/hour); it provides cargo temperature keeping at level +60°C (when temperature of outboard air is not less than -10°C) and cargo heating from 50°C till 60°C during 36 hours.
Cargo area on the upper deck with 2 m barrier is intended for transportation of cargo that doesn't suffer from wetting (e.g. gravel, rolled metal, heavy containers, cars, etc.). Main deck shell within cargo area is designed for loading 5.5 t/sq.m and for grabs working. Main loading condition is 4500 t of gravel transportation on the open deck.
2-tier containers transportation is foreseen on the main deck; containers are installed on dunnage. Heavy 36 t TEU (120 pcs.) may be transported; these containers cannot be handled by car trains. Vessel's electric station provides ability to transport 45 refrigerator containers.
There is possibility to arrange special removing constructions that can be transformed into 2 additional car decks. Cars loading/unloading are carried out by their own through coastal ramps. Number of transported cars depends on their maximal dimensions (from 350 to 270 units).
Two medium-speed diesels of 1200 kW each are used as main engines; they use heavy fuel oil with viscosity of IFO380. There is 230 kWt bow thruster.
Speed (due to the draught 3.6 m and 85% of ME power) is 11.0 kn.
Vessel's electric power plant consists of 3 diesel-generators with capacity of 296 kWt each, and emergency diesel-generator with capacity of 62 kWt.
Crew consists of 12 persons (14 + 1 places).
Vessel's autonomy is of 20 days (due to fuel, water and provision reserves).
Keel of the lead vessel (building No. is of 5401) was laid down on 16.12.2013. She was launched on 10.07.2014.
Keel of the second vessel (building No. is of 5402) was laid down on 24.01.2014.
Keel of the third vessel (building No. is of 5403) was laid down on 05.03.2014.
Keel of the fourth vessel (building No. is of 5404) was laid down on 10.04.2014.
Keel of the fifth vessel (building No. is of 5405) was laid down on 28.05.2014.