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24.09.15 08:35
Shipping company "BF Tanker" signed contract for four RST27 tankers and three RST54 platform tankers at the exhibition "NEVA-2015"

On 23.09.2015 Shipping company "BF Tanker" (Sergey Chaplygin is a chairman of Board of Directors) signed contract for 7 river-sea "Volgo-Don Max" type vessels at the exhibition "NEVA-2015", namely for 4 "super-fat" RST27 tankers with river/marine deadweight about 7022/5420 t and for 3 combined RST54 platform tankers with deadweight 5745 t. All vessels should be accepted for operation in 2016. PJSE "State Transport Leasing Company" (STLC) is a lessor. Two RST27 tanker are going to be built by Nizhniy Novgorod "Krasnoe Sormovo" Shipyard (Nikolay Zharkov is a general director). Other two RST27 tankers and three RST54 platform tankers are going to be built by Navashibo "Oka Shipyard" (Vladimir Kulikov is a director).
Projects RST27 and RST54 are designed by Marine Engineering Burea. In 2012 and 2013 Royal Institution of Naval Architects included RST27 in the list of Significant Ships twice (!!!). In 2014 also RST54 platform tanker was included in the Significant Ships list.
New vessels contracts were signed by PJSE STLC General Director Sergey Khramagin, OJSE "BF Tanker" Chairman of Board of Directors Sergey Chaplygin, OJSE "Krasnoe Sormovo" General Director Nikolay Zharkov, OJSE "Oka Shipyard" Chief Executive Denis Samsikov. Contracts were signed in the presence of Minister Deputy of RF Transport Victor Olerskiy.
As Portnews pointed, under the terms of shipbuilding contracts "BF Tanker" shipping company is going to fulfil all the obligations for transportation of cargo of its major customer PJSE "Lukoil" with use of its new effective and safe fleet; safety is a priority for the cargo owner. "BF Tanker" plans to transport about 1 million tons of petrolium products in 2016.
For fulfilling of transportations under the contract with PJSE "Lukoil" in 2015, "BF Tanker" uses 17 units of own and hired fleet: 9 river-sea tankers and 8 river tug-barge trains. All vessels passed technical inspection of PJSE "Lukoil".
Sergey Chaplygin noted after contract's signing: "Certainly, without the state support the company could not conclude today's large contract. Whilst keeping the state support program and favourable market conditions, "BF the Tanker" is going further to place orders at the Russian shipbuilding yards. All vessels will be operated on the routes providing export transportations of oil products of the largest Russian private oil company "Lukoil" which is interested in a safe chain of deliveries. For our company new tankers will become an additional opportunity to provide transportation of wider range of export petroleum products. And we do not intend to stop on this project".
Sergey Khramagin told during signing ceremony:" STLC holds the leading positions in the water transport leasing segment. We have an experience of cooperation with the "BF Tanker" Company; in 2014 we effected project for three RST54 vessels with the terms of subsidizing by the state 2/3 of an interest rate as a part of leasing payments".
The head of the leasing company also emphasized that implementation of this project is aimed at the development of domestic shipbuilding industry and stimulation of import substitution process.
"We see prospects of increasing of marine and river cargo transportation that is connected with the planned increase of railway tariffs and the growing opportunities of raw materials export", - the General Director of GTLK noted.
In the Portnews message also is marked out that "BF Tanker" is included into investment group which priority is navigation and logistics. The company occupies the leading position in the market of river export transportations of petroleum products towards the Big Port of St. Petersburg. The main point of cargo delivery is the terminal of OJSE" RPK-Vysotsk-Lukoil-II".
RST27 vessels have the record block coefficient 0.93, but the head vessel showed speed of 11.7 kn during trials at running line with main engines power of 2100 kW (87.5% of full output) and fore/aft draughts 3.2/3.3 m.
Total capacity of six cargo tanks and two slop ones is of 8100 cub. m, deadweight is about 7022 tons with sea draught of 4.20 m. Deadweight is about 5420 tons with river draught of 3.60 m. Cruising speed is of 11.0 kn.
New project tanker has increased river function comparing with other MEB projects. River deadweight of RST27 vessels is increased for 732 t comparing to Armadas, while:
• increased hull's strength (vessel is of R2 sailing region, or II region due to old RS classification);
• practically keeping the same fuel consumption;
• keeping increase capacity of cargo tanks.
Russian Maritime Registry of Shipping class notation is KM Ice1 R2 AUT1-ICS OMBO VCS ECO-S Oil tanker /Chemical tanker type 2 (ESP).
As other river-sea going MEB tankers, RST27 vessels use full-circle rudder propellers as single movement and manoeuvre unit. They have increased trunk and use submersible cargo pumps. They have no longitudinal bulkhead in CL and no framing in cargo tanks.
RST27 vessels satisfy dimensions of the Volga-Don Canal and Volga-Baltic Way. Overall RST27 vessel length is of 140.85 m, breadth is of 16.6 m, depth is of 6.0 m. They belong to "Volgo-Don Max" class.
Special requirements of the Russian and world petroleum companies, additional ecological RS limitations of "ECO PROJECT" (ECO-S) class were taken into consideration during designing.
RST27 "Victoria" vessel is assigned for transportation of crude oil and oil products, without flash point restrictions, also chemicals in bulk.
Cargo system provides simultaneously transportation of 2 cargoes. Cargo pumps capacity is 6 x 200 cub. m/hour. Two auxiliary steam boilers (capacity 2.5 t/hour each) are installed onboard.
Two medium-speed diesels (main engine) of 1200 kW each use heavy fuel oil with viscosity IFO380. There is 230 kW bow thruster.
Electrical plant consists of three 292 kW diesel-generators and emergency-staying 136 kW diesel-generator.
Crew consists of 12 persons (14 places + pilot).
Autonomy is of 20/12 days (sea/river).
According to the inclining test results of the head series' vessel, her river deadweight is 5745 t at draught 3.60 m. This is a record value for "Volgo-Don Max" vessels.
The character feature of the new concepts is "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 decrease highways rate due to re-forwarding some cargoes from road to water transportation. Such re-forwarded cargoes include passenger cars, that usually are brought 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 vessels use full-turn rudder propellers as single movement and manoeuvre unit.
RST54 vessels satisfy Volga-Don Canal dimensions such as Volgo-Balt Way one. 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 for 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 (270-350 ones).
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 kW bow thruster.
Speed (due to the draught of 3.6 m and 85% of ME power) is 11.0 kn.
Ship's electric power plant consists of 3 diesel-generators of 296 kW capacity, and emergency diesel-generator of 62 kW capacity.
Crew consists of 12 people (14 + 1 places).
Vessel's autonomy is of 20 days (due to fuel, water and provision reserves).