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17.08.06 10:02
The first rolling-on of wagons onto ferry "Baltiysk" in Ust-Luga was carried out

At night from 07.08.06 to 08.08.06 in the port of Ust-Luga the first rolling on of wagons onto ferry "Baltiysk" (FNUC "Rosmorport") was carried out.
Mooring of ferry "Baltiysk" to the ferry pier, coupling with lifting- transition bridge, rolling on of wagons onto middle deck and rolling them off were carried out during tests.
"Baltic Transport Systems" company realizes ferry operation on bareboat-charter terms.
Train ferry "Baltiysk" was re-equipped in accordance with MEB project at "Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven GmbH" shipyard, Bremerhaven, Germany in 2006.
It is planned to operate this train-ferry for ro-ro vehicles transportation on St.Petersburg - Baltiysk - Germany ports line. After putting into operation launching complexes at sea train-ferry terminals in Ust-Luga and Baltiysk vessel is going to be used on Ust-Luga - Baltiysk line with line prolongation, in future, up to ferry port of Zasnits (Germany).
"Baltiysk" train ferry can be used for Russian standards trains with railway gauge of 1520 mm and for ro-ro vehicles transportation after CNF05 project re-equipment. This ferry also can be used for 20' and 40' roll-trailers transportation, including dangerous cargoes and up to 30 ref-containers.
"Baltiysk" ferry was modified on the basis of "Rider" ocean train-ferry which was purchased by FNUC (Federal National Unitary Concern) "Rosmorport" in 2006. MV "Rider" had high ice category. Earlier "Rider" was operated on Travemunde (Germany) - Turku (Finland) line.
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class notation is of KM UL A1 ro-ro.
"Baltiysk" ferry's main particulars after re-equipment are as follows:
overall length is of 187.36 m;
overall breadth is of 22 m;
depth is of 18.95 m;
draught (Summer Freeboard) is of 6.5 m;
deadweight is of 9879 tons;
total tracking length is of 1943.3 m;
Tank-wagon (length between coupling gauges of 12020 mm) capacity is of 135 units;
Railroad wagon (length between coupling gauges of 16970 mm) capacity is of 92 units.
Passenger cars capacity (arrangement on the upper open deck) is of 76 units.
Main engines with capacity of 16000 kWt provide cruising speed of 18.5 knots.
Crew consists of 20 people. It is permitted to transport 12 passengers.