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30.09.06 18:27
The first train-ferry of "SKYPH-2" type was launched

On September 27, 2006 at Kherson shipyard (Vasiliy Phedin is a general director) diesel-electric train ferry (CNF03.01 prj.) with capacity up to 50 wagons was launched for operation in Black Sea.
Vessel's name is "SMAT". Her building number is of 18007.
Two vessels series are being built for "UPM Transportation".
Vessel's project is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB), Odessa.
Vessel is designed and built for Russian River Register (RRR) (Nikolay Efremov is a general director). RRR class notation is of M-SP 3.5. The vessel was under Verkhnevolgsk branch of RRR (Valeriy Lobastov is a director) observation.
Vessel is assigned for transportation of railway wagons and ro-ro vehicles, and also ISO containers, dangerous goods of 1.4S, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes and large-sized cargoes.
Vessel's overall length is of 150.32 m, length between perpendiculars is of 140.31 m, overall breadth is of 22.0 m, moulded breadth is of 21.0 m, depth is of 7.15 m.
Vessel's deadweight is about 6500 tons while summer freeboard draught is of 3.80 m that allows to make transportation from shallow water of Caucasus port (Russian Federation) to the port of Samsun (Turkey) and to the port of Poty (Georgia) to provide cargo transportation on Russia - Turkey, Russia - Armenia lines.
The deckhouse and engine-room are located fore, propulsion motors are stern located.
Railway wagons are placed on five railway lines of upper deck.
Tank cars (length between coupling gauges of 12020 mm) capacity is of 50 units. Tank cars (length between coupling gauges of 14730 mm) capacity is of 38 units. Tank cars (length between coupling gauges of 24540 mm) capacity is of 22 units. Supersize automobiles capacity is of 64 units. TEU capacity is 106 units in one level (depending on containers weight total TEU amount can reach 318 units).
In combination with small draft CNF03.01 prj. ferry has no analogues in the world by quantity of wagons taken aboard.
There are Russian and European standard railway lines on the ferry. This is character feature of this ferry. Loading-unloading is of one-level type that essentially reduces the price of coast terminals.
Designed vessel hull' life term is of 15 years. The ship steel of categories A and D with a yield limit of 235 MPa was accepted for basic constructions. Middle-part spacing is of 700 mm.
The cargo deck is designed for wagons' transportation with weight up to 97 tons each, possible load of vehicles' axle is of 12 tons.
Cargo deck sizes (length is of 122.7 m, breadth is of 21.0 m) allow to transport so-called "project" cargoes which are impossible to place on usual vessels. Presence of fore located deckhouse practically does not restrict height of large-sized cargoes.
Height of a double bottom is of 1.40 m, breadth of double sides is of 1.71 m. Total capacity of ballast tanks is of 3440 cub.m.
The vessel is of double-screw type. Cruising speed is of 10.0 kn.
There are two main electrical motors with capacity of 1325 kWt each, with 880 rpm, fixed-pitch propellers in Kort nozzles with diameter of 2743 mm and rotation frequency of 191 rpm. Three 900 kWt diesel-generators with 1800 rpm are using as main ones.
Bow thruster capacity is of 478 kWt. Stern thruster capacity is of 442 kWt. Thrusters are of "screw in pipe" type.
Autonomy is of 15 days. Crew consists of 16 persons. Total number of places is of 23.
Vessel's keel was laid down on 01.10.05. She was launched on 27.09.06.