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23.02.15 10:25
The lead RSD49 vessel "Neva-Leader 1" restored steel delivery to the Liepaja port (Latvia)

According to the statement of press-service of OJSC "North-West Shipping Company" (NWSC), the lead multipurpose river-sea dry-cargo vessel "Neva-Leader 1" delivered 6800 t of materials for armature production to the "KVV Liepajas metalurgs" plant on 16.02.2015. Vessel was unloaded in the Liepaja port at the berth of JSE "Liepajas osta LM" stevedore company. Cargo was brought from St. Petersburg. The production director of "Liepajas osta LM" Ervin Kayrance told in the interview to the Latvian TV that Liepaja port had to manage without steel and steel goods since "KVV Liepajas metalurgs" stopped production. Earlier leaders of the Liepaja special economic zone voiced the hope that such cargoes will return to the port after restoration of the "KVV Liepajas metalurgs" activity; that was happened in the February, 2015.
The head vessel of RSD49 series was accepted for operation on 26.11.2012, the seventh one was accepted for operation on 23.12.2013. Three more vessels are under construction.
Neva Shipyard is a builder.
RSD49 prj. was designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
RSD49 vessels refer to the "Volga-Don Max" type due to MEB internal classification. They have maximum possible dimensions for Volga-Don Canal. Vessels of the series can be operated for transportations of general, bulk, timber, grain and large-sized cargoes, dangerous goods of 1.4S, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes of IMDG Code and cargoes of category B of BC Code. Sailing regions are Mediterranean, Caspian, Black, Baltic, White, North Seas, including voyages around Europe and to Irish Sea in winter.
RSD49 vessel's feature is a big middle hold of 52 m long as diversity from all other "Volga-Don Max" type projects designed by MEB. This hold allows to transport large-sized cargoes in direct voyages from Europe to Caspian Sea; such point should significantly increase economic effect of vessels' operation.
Vessel was designed for Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class notation of KM Ice2 R2 AUT1-C.
RSD49 vessels are the biggest ones among the dry cargo vessels that satisfy Volga-Don canal dimensions for today such as prototype RSD19 vessels.
With characterized draught of 3.6 m in Volga-Don Canal deadweight is about 4520 t, maximal marine deadweight with draught of 4.70 m is about 7150 t.
Overall length is 139.95 m, overall breadth is 16.70 m, breadth without side fenders is 16.50 m and depth is 6.00 m. Summarized capacity of cargo holds is 10920 cub. m.