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05.05.22 14:18
The second CNF18C passenger railway-car ferry "Zarifa Aliyeva" started its maiden voyage



On 05.05.22 the second CNF18C 155-meter passenger railway-car ferry for the Caspian Sea "Zarifa Aliyeva" started its maiden voyageto the port of Kuryk (Kazakhstan).
 
Plant builder is Baku Shipyard (general director Imanverdy Khasanov).
 
The customer is CJSC "Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company" (ASCO, chairman Rauf Veliyev).
 
The source of photo materials is the site of the port "Kuryk".
 
The CNF18C is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
The new "open" type ferry of CNF18C project is designed to carry 100 passengers, 56 cars with a rail width of 1520 mm, trucks (50 car loads) including dangerous goods, with a stern-type cargo scheme for wagons and cars and with a board ramp for loading-unloading of vehicles at ordinary berths.
 
The CNF18C project vessel carries dangerous goods on the open top deck in accordance with the provisions of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) and the national Maritime Dangerous Goods Regulations (MADR Regulations).
 
The advantages of the new CNF18C project ferry over existing ferries:
 
• total capacity by rail wagons of T-1 dimension with a length of 12020 mm between couplers - 56 wagons (the existing ones have no more than 54 wagons);
• the rails are pushed into the deck;
• an open cargo deck speeds up and facilitates loading and unloading and has a positive impact on navigational safety;
• the on-board ramp for loading and unloading trucks on berths allows you to work not only on conventional railroad piers, but also on regular dry cargo berths of sufficient length;
• the hold height (5.400 mm) allows taller wagons to be transported in the hold (existing ferries have a hold height of 5.000 mm);
• lift length of 25000 mm allows loading/unloading of trains and rolling cargo with total tonnage of 188 t from main deck to lower deck on two tracks including platforms type 11-935A with length of 19620 mm and 3 20-foot containers (on existing ferries lift length is 14540 mm, tonnage 170 t);
• the vessel has room for the accommodation and transportation of 100 passengers. Carriage of passengers at the same time as the carriage of dangerous goods is provided in accordance with the conditions of carriage of dangerous goods.
 
Overall, the CNF18C project vessel is a passenger car-railway ferry with bulbous bow and transom stern, with excess freeboard, forward accommodation superstructure, aft engine room, twin-screw diesel propulsion, stern and bow thrusters and two cargo decks.
 
Cargo-carrying capacity of the vessel on T-1 dimension rail cars with length between couplers 12020 mm (4 axles) - 56 units; with length between couplers 13920 mm (4 axles) - 46 cars; with length between couplers 14730 mm (4 axles) - 44 cars. The length of the rail tracks is 688 m.
 
Cargo capacity of the vessel by semi-trailer trucks with a length of 12-13.5 m is 50 carloads. Linear metres - 900 metres.
 
The upper deck is designed to carry rail tankers and wagons weighing up to 94 tonnes on all tracks.
 
Allowed wheel load per axle: 4 wheels per axle - 12 tonnes; 2 wheels per axle - 10 tonnes.
 
For loading/unloading trains and rolling cargo from the main deck to the lower deck, there is a double track cargo lift with a capacity of 188 t and a length of 25 m.
 
Cabins are foreseen for passengers' arrangement, as follows: 2 enhanced double cabins with toilet and 24 double cabins (converted into 4-places ones) with toilet.
 
Set of compartments are foreseen for passengers, as follows: duty-free shop, interne cafe, game-playing machines saloon with bar, 50 places restaurant, smoking-room; medical rooms (medical block) which include physician room / outpatient clinic, single-place hospital and single-place isolation ward.
 
Sailing range of about 2500 miles. Fuel and oil autonomy (under sailing mode): 10 days. Water and provisions autonomy - 5 days.
 
The power plant consists of:
 
• the main unit, consisting of two diesel engines with a maximum continuous output of 2.600 kW at 1.000 min-1 each, operating via reversing gears for 2 fixed pitch propellers (left and right-hand rotation);
• an auxiliary unit consisting of four diesel generators with an electrical capacity of 300 kW each, and an emergency diesel generator with an electrical capacity of 300 kW.
 
During the tests, the vessel, using 85% of its propulsion power, reached a speed of 14.7 knots (with a contractual speed of 14.0 knots).
 
The fuels used are: IFO380 heavy fuel with a viscosity of 380 cSt at 50°C for main engines and boiler; MDO diesel with a flash point above 60°C for diesel generators and emergency diesel generators.
 
In order to improve controllability at slow speeds, when passing narrow passages and when mooring, the vessel is equipped with a propeller-in-tube type propeller with fixed pitch propeller (FPP) fore and aft. The PU inlet power is 350 kW and the propeller diameter is 1090 mm.
 
The vessel is provided with 2 marine evacuation systems (MES) with enclosed life rafts and an evacuation hose to lower into the rafts (1 from each side). Evacuation capacity up to 582 persons in 30 minutes.
 
The keel of the lead vessel of the CNF18C project "Azerbaijan" (building number 108) was laid down on 9 December 2017. Launched on 13 December 2019 and accepted for operation on 1 March 2021.
The keel of the second vessel "Akademik Zarifa Aliyieva" (building number 109) was laid down on 4 March 2018. Launched on 1 March 2021 and accepted for operation on 28 April 2022.

 
28.04.22 12:43
Solemn ceremony of commissioning of the second CNF18C passenger railway-car ferry "Zarifa Aliyeva"



On 28.04.22 Baku Shipyard accepted for operation the second CNF18C 155-meter passenger railway-car ferry for the Caspian Sea "Zarifa Aliyeva" (building number 109).
 
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev took part in the commissioning ceremony of the new ferry.
 
According to the official Presidents of the Republic of Azerbaijan website: "It was noted that the design of the ferry-vessel is similar to the Ro-Pax "Azerbaijan", accepted for operation at the beginning of last year. The ferry-vessel, operated by a crew of thirty people, can simultaneously transport 100 passengers, 56 tank wagons or 50 heavy vehicles. According to these indicators, the ferry vessels "Azerbaijan" and "Zarifa Aliyeva" surpass other ferry-vessels operated in the Caspian basin. Equipped with modern equipment from leading world manufacturers, the vessel has a cargo elevator, a helicopter platform, vessel stabilization system in waves, traction locomotives.
 
Recall that the closure of the Suez Canal in March last year put the issue of diversifying transport corridors on the international agenda. Against the backdrop of the current geopolitical cataclysms, this issue is becoming even more relevant. Therefore, the East-West Trans-Caspian Corridor is particularly attractive, and Azerbaijan is improving its infrastructure to meet new challenges.
 
The naming of the ferry-vessel "Zarifa Aliyev" is an expression of the endless respect of Azerbaijani sailors for the memory of the outstanding scientist and doctor, doctor of medical sciences, professor, honored worker of science, academician Zarifa Aliyeva. A corner has been created on the ferry-vessel, reflecting scientific research, the achievements of academician Zarifa Aliyeva, her benevolent attitude towards people, in a word, her selfless life and work. The corner contains photo and video information, books about the academician, full member of the National Academy of Sciences, the first woman laureate of the M.I. Averbakh Zarifa Aliyeva.
 
After getting acquainted with the ferry-vessel, President Ilham Aliyev pressed the button, which means that it was accepted for operation."
 
The CNF18C is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
The new "open" type ferry of CNF18C project is designed to carry 100 passengers, 56 cars with a rail width of 1520 mm, trucks (50 car loads) including dangerous goods, with a stern-type cargo scheme for wagons and cars and with a board ramp for loading-unloading of vehicles at ordinary berths.
 
The CNF18C project vessel carries dangerous goods on the open top deck in accordance with the provisions of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) and the national Maritime Dangerous Goods Regulations (MADR Regulations).
 
The advantages of the new CNF18C project ferry over existing ferries:
 
• total capacity by rail wagons of T-1 dimension with a length of 12020 mm between couplers - 56 wagons (the existing ones have no more than 54 wagons);
• the rails are pushed into the deck;
• an open cargo deck speeds up and facilitates loading and unloading and has a positive impact on navigational safety;
• the on-board ramp for loading and unloading trucks on berths allows you to work not only on conventional railroad piers, but also on regular dry cargo berths of sufficient length;
• the hold height (5.400 mm) allows taller wagons to be transported in the hold (existing ferries have a hold height of 5.000 mm);
• lift length of 25000 mm allows loading/unloading of trains and rolling cargo with total tonnage of 188 t from main deck to lower deck on two tracks including platforms type 11-935A with length of 19620 mm and 3 20-foot containers (on existing ferries lift length is 14540 mm, tonnage 170 t);
• the vessel has room for the accommodation and transportation of 100 passengers. Carriage of passengers at the same time as the carriage of dangerous goods is provided in accordance with the conditions of carriage of dangerous goods.
 
Overall, the CNF18C project vessel is a passenger car-railway ferry with bulbous bow and transom stern, with excess freeboard, forward accommodation superstructure, aft engine room, twin-screw diesel propulsion, stern and bow thrusters and two cargo decks.
 
Cargo-carrying capacity of the vessel on T-1 dimension rail cars with length between couplers 12020 mm (4 axles) - 56 units; with length between couplers 13920 mm (4 axles) - 46 cars; with length between couplers 14730 mm (4 axles) - 44 cars. The length of the rail tracks is 688 m.
 
Cargo capacity of the vessel by semi-trailer trucks with a length of 12-13.5 m is 50 carloads. Linear metres - 900 metres.
 
The upper deck is designed to carry rail tankers and wagons weighing up to 94 tonnes on all tracks.
 
Allowed wheel load per axle: 4 wheels per axle - 12 tonnes; 2 wheels per axle - 10 tonnes.
 
For loading/unloading trains and rolling cargo from the main deck to the lower deck, there is a double track cargo lift with a capacity of 188 t and a length of 25 m.
 
Cabins are foreseen for passengers' arrangement, as follows: 2 enhanced double cabins with toilet and 24 double cabins (converted into 4-places ones) with toilet.
 
Set of compartments are foreseen for passengers, as follows: duty-free shop, interne cafe, game-playing machines saloon with bar, 50 places restaurant, smoking-room; medical rooms (medical block) which include physician room / outpatient clinic, single-place hospital and single-place isolation ward.
 
Sailing range of about 2500 miles. Fuel and oil autonomy (under sailing mode): 10 days. Water and provisions autonomy - 5 days.
 
The power plant consists of:
 
• the main unit, consisting of two diesel engines with a maximum continuous output of 2.600 kW at 1.000 min-1 each, operating via reversing gears for 2 fixed pitch propellers (left and right-hand rotation);
• an auxiliary unit consisting of four diesel generators with an electrical capacity of 300 kW each, and an emergency diesel generator with an electrical capacity of 300 kW.
 
During the tests, the vessel, using 85% of its propulsion power, reached a speed of 14.7 knots (with a contractual speed of 14.0 knots).
 
The fuels used are: IFO380 heavy fuel with a viscosity of 380 cSt at 50°C for main engines and boiler; MDO diesel with a flash point above 60°C for diesel generators and emergency diesel generators.
 
In order to improve controllability at slow speeds, when passing narrow passages and when mooring, the vessel is equipped with a propeller-in-tube type propeller with fixed pitch propeller (FPP) fore and aft. The PU inlet power is 350 kW and the propeller diameter is 1090 mm.
 
The vessel is provided with 2 marine evacuation systems (MES) with enclosed life rafts and an evacuation hose to lower into the rafts (1 from each side). Evacuation capacity up to 582 persons in 30 minutes.
 
The keel of the lead vessel of the CNF18C project "Azerbaijan" (building number 108) was laid down on 9 December 2017. Launched on 13 December 2019 and accepted for operation on 1 March 2021.
The keel of the second vessel "Akademik Zarifa Aliyieva" (building number 109) was laid down on 4 March 2018. Launched on 1 March 2021 and accepted for operation on 28 April 2022.

 
11.02.22 14:44
The lead CNF18C Caspian ferry "Azerbaijan" was named the best railway-car ferry of the "Ro-Pax" type in the world in 2021 according to Baird Maritime



The Baird Maritime publishing house selected about 300 nominee vessels built in 2021 in the world for study (list of considered ships).
 
Baird Maritime is one of the world's leading maritime publishers. Founder of the famous marine news portal BairdMaritime.com, magazines Work Boat World, Fishing Boat World, Ship World, Ausmarine and Commercial Mariner, as well as leading ship brokerage platforms WorkBoatWorld.com and ShipWorld.com.
 
The lead CNF18C Caspian 155-meter ferry "Azerbaijan" for the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company was named the best railway-car ferry of the "Ro-Pax" type in the world in 2021.
 
Plant builder is Baku Shipyard (general director Imanverdy Khasanov).
 
The customer is CJSC "Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company" (ASCO, chairman Rauf Veliyev).
 
The CNF18C is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
On 01.03.21 Baku Shipyard commissioned the lead CNF18C 155-metre passenger railway-car ferry for the Caspian Sea project "Azerbaijan" (construction number 108).
 
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the handing over ceremony of the new flagship of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company.
 
The new "open" type ferry of CNF18C project is designed to carry 100 passengers, 56 cars with a rail width of 1520 mm, trucks (50 car loads) including dangerous goods, with a stern-type cargo scheme for wagons and cars and with a board ramp for loading-unloading of vehicles at ordinary berths.
 
The CNF18C project vessel carries dangerous goods on the open top deck in accordance with the provisions of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) and the national Maritime Dangerous Goods Regulations (MADR Regulations).
 
The advantages of the new CNF18C project ferry over existing ferries:
 
• total capacity by rail wagons of T-1 dimension with a length of 12020 mm between couplers - 56 wagons (the existing ones have no more than 54 wagons);
• the rails are pushed into the deck;
• an open cargo deck speeds up and facilitates loading and unloading and has a positive impact on navigational safety;
• the on-board ramp for loading and unloading trucks on berths allows you to work not only on conventional railroad piers, but also on regular dry cargo berths of sufficient length;
• the hold height (5.400 mm) allows taller wagons to be transported in the hold (existing ferries have a hold height of 5.000 mm);
• lift length of 25000 mm allows loading/unloading of trains and rolling cargo with total tonnage of 188 t from main deck to lower deck on two tracks including platforms type 11-935A with length of 19620 mm and 3 20-foot containers (on existing ferries lift length is 14540 mm, tonnage 170 t);
• the vessel has room for the accommodation and transportation of 100 passengers. Carriage of passengers at the same time as the carriage of dangerous goods is provided in accordance with the conditions of carriage of dangerous goods.
 
Overall, the CNF18C project vessel is a passenger car-railway ferry with bulbous bow and transom stern, with excess freeboard, forward accommodation superstructure, aft engine room, twin-screw diesel propulsion, stern and bow thrusters and two cargo decks.
 
Cargo-carrying capacity of the vessel on T-1 dimension rail cars with length between couplers 12020 mm (4 axles) - 56 units; with length between couplers 13920 mm (4 axles) - 46 cars; with length between couplers 14730 mm (4 axles) - 44 cars. The length of the rail tracks is 688 m.
 
Cargo capacity of the vessel by semi-trailer trucks with a length of 12-13.5 m is 50 carloads. Linear metres - 900 metres.
 
The upper deck is designed to carry rail tankers and wagons weighing up to 94 tonnes on all tracks.
 
Allowed wheel load per axle: 4 wheels per axle - 12 tonnes; 2 wheels per axle - 10 tonnes.
 
For loading/unloading trains and rolling cargo from the main deck to the lower deck, there is a double track cargo lift with a capacity of 188 t and a length of 25 m.
 
Cabins are foreseen for passengers' arrangement, as follows: 2 enhanced double cabins with toilet and 24 double cabins (converted into 4-places ones) with toilet.
 
Set of compartments are foreseen for passengers, as follows: duty-free shop, interne cafe, game-playing machines saloon with bar, 50 places restaurant, smoking-room; medical rooms (medical block) which include physician room / outpatient clinic, single-place hospital and single-place isolation ward.
 
Sailing range of about 2500 miles. Fuel and oil autonomy (under sailing mode): 10 days. Water and provisions autonomy - 5 days.
 
The power plant consists of:
 
• the main unit, consisting of two diesel engines with a maximum continuous output of 2.600 kW at 1.000 min-1 each, operating via reversing gears for 2 fixed pitch propellers (left and right-hand rotation);
• an auxiliary unit consisting of four diesel generators with an electrical capacity of 300 kW each, and an emergency diesel generator with an electrical capacity of 300 kW.
 
During the tests, the vessel, using 85% of its propulsion power, reached a speed of 14.7 knots (with a contractual speed of 14.0 knots).
 
The fuels used are: IFO380 heavy fuel with a viscosity of 380 cSt at 50°C for main engines and boiler; MDO diesel with a flash point above 60°C for diesel generators and emergency diesel generators.
 
In order to improve controllability at slow speeds, when passing narrow passages and when mooring, the vessel is equipped with a propeller-in-tube type propeller with fixed pitch propeller (FPP) fore and aft. The PU inlet power is 350 kW and the propeller diameter is 1090 mm.
 
The vessel is provided with 2 marine evacuation systems (MES) with enclosed life rafts and an evacuation hose to lower into the rafts (1 from each side). Evacuation capacity up to 582 persons in 30 minutes.
 
The keel of the lead vessel of the CNF18C project "Azerbaijan" (building number 108) was laid down on 9 December 2017. Launched on 13 December 2019 and accepted for operation on 1 March 2021.
The keel of the second vessel "Akademik Zarifa Aliyieva" (building number 109) was laid down on 4 March 2018. Launched on 1 March 2021. Commissioning is planned in the coming months. Commissioning is planned in the coming months.

 
01.02.22 20:57
005RSD03 dry-cargo vessel ASCO "Shair Sabir" of 5490 tons deadweight will operate on the container line Alyat - Turkmenbashi - Alyat

As the press service of ASCO reported on 01.02.22, the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company and ADY Container signed a new agreement on cooperation in the field of feeder transportation. Multipurpose 005RSD03 dry-cargo vessel "Shair Sabir" of 5490 tons deadweight of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company will carry out container transportation in the direction of Alyat - Turkmenbashi - Alyat
 
Project 005RSD03 was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
The vessels of the series were built by the Onega shipyard in Petrozavodsk (Karelia).
 
Multi-purpose dry-cargo vessels of mixed river-sea navigation with a deadweight in the sea / river of 5490/3330 tons and are designed to transport general, bulk, timber, grain and oversized cargo, international standard containers 8.5 and 9 feet high and dangerous goods of 1.4S, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 classes and cargoes of category B of BC Code.
 
The series has proved itself well at work in the Caspian Sea, due to its carrying capacity on Caspian drafts of 5000 tons with a capacity of three cargo holds of 7840 m³, having a small calculated length of only 102.2 m (and, accordingly, noticeably lower port costs, construction cost and operating costs).
 
The vessel is going to be used on internal waterways of the Russian Federation's European part (deadweight in the river at a draft of 3.60 m 3320 tons), including Volga-Don canal and Volga-Baltic way, and also in sea areas according vessel's class, including operation in Baltic, North, Black, Azov, Caspian and Mediterranean Seas.
 
Vessel's Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class is of KM Ice2 R2 AUT3.
 
Overall length is of 108.3 m, length between perpendiculars is of 102.2 m, breadth is of 16.5 m, depth is of 5.5 m.
 
All holds are box-shaped, smooth-wall, convenient for carrying out the freight works and placing a cargo without shifting. The cargo holds' sizes are of 21.45x12.7 m (hold No. 1), 27.3x12.7 (hold No. 2) and 26.55x12.7 m (hold No. 3) with the height of 8.3 m.
 
Hatch covers are of removable type.
 
Crew consists of 9 persons (11 places).
 
Cruising speed is of 11.5 knots. Capacity of main engines is of 2x1020 kw. The main engines (medium-speed diesel engines) run on heavy fuel with viscosity up to 380 cSt (fuel oil).
 
Movement and manoeuvrability of the vessel is provided by two stern full-circle rudder propellers with variable-pitch propeller in nozzles. The drive from main engines to rudder propellers is carried out through mechanical Z-gearing.
 
Designed vessel hull' life term is of 24 years. The ship steel of categories RSA and RSD with a yield limit of 235 MPa was accepted for basic hull constructions.
 
The double bottom is designed for distributed load intensity of 7.5 t/m² that allows to use a bucket grab with cargo-lifting capacity 16 tons.
 
Autonomy in sea is of 20 days, in river it is of 15 days.
 
Vessel's keel "Shair Sabir" (building number 004) was laid down on 20.12.04. She was launched on 31.10.05 and put into operation on 26.05.06.

 
24.01.22 20:40
RSD28 project modernization of the "Bug" dry cargo vessel of mixed navigation type is in progress



According to the site Nikolaev - City of Shipbuilders, at the shipyard "Ocean" the dry-cargo vessel of the project 17620, type "Bug", construction number 130, was lifted from the water for modernization and completion on January 21. On January, 22 the raised vessel was rolled out from the floating dock. The production of the cylindrical insert blocks started at the shipyard in summer 2021.
 
The RSD28 modernization project was developed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
The main task of the vessel lengthening by 16.8 m RSD28 project was to increase deadweight at lower draughts (3.8-4.5 m), which are usual for Azov Sea ports. After modernization the vessel according to the classification accepted in the Bureau belongs to "Azov max" class.
 
The weight of the insert, together with the transverse bulkhead and hatch covers of the newly organized hold, is 270 tons.
 
The deadweight will increase by 897 tons to 5902 tons when the draught is 4.20 meters at sea from 5005 tons when the draught is 3.60 meters, to 4405 tons from 3705 tons by 700 tons when the draught is in the river.
 
The deadweight with a 4.71 meter summer waterline draft will be 7.046 tons (an increase of 746 tons compared to the deadweight of 6.300 tons with a 4.86 meter summer waterline draft of the original vessel).
 
After modernization according to the RSD28 project, the vessel will get the RS class: KM Ice2 (hull; machinery) R2-RSN(4,5) AUT1 BWM(T) DG(bulk; pack).
 
The overall length of the vessel after the modernization will be 141.98 m. Width 16.60 m and side height 6.70 m are kept from the original project. In the area of the newly installed cylindrical insertion the cargo hold with the volume of 1724 m³ is organized (the number of holds increased from 3 to 4). The hatch covers of the newly organized hold are of the "Folding" type.
 
All four holds with a total capacity of 11780 m³ are box-shaped, smooth-walled, and convenient for carrying out cargo operations and placing cargo without shifting.
 
Maximum continuous power of the main engine is 1935 kW. Increasing the length-to-width ratio of the vessel will allow for almost full fuel consumption and speed with the same main engine. Speed in operation is 10.5 knots.
 
There are 3 single block cabins and 8 single cabins with bathroom and shower to accommodate a crew of 11. A cabin for the pilot is provided. The total number of seats is 12.
 
In addition to the installation of the cylindrical insertion, the vessel will also undergo final completion works.

 
08.12.21 13:39
ASCO Chairman Rauf Veliyev met with the crew of the tanker "Ganja" of RST27 project in Istanbul

Rauf Veliyev, Chairman of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO), visited the sea/river tanker "Ganja" of RST27 project with deadweight of 7022/5420 tons in Istanbul, the press-service of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company informs.
 
During the meeting with the crew of the tanker "Ganja" of RST27 project operated in the foreign waters the chairman talked about the care and attention given by President Ilham Aliyev to the shipping industry, as well as the goals and objectives set, the process of renovation of the fleet, consolidation of positions in international maritime traffic.
 
After a long break, the activity of the Shipping Company in foreign waters was restored by the order of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in 2014 after the purchase of dry cargo vessels of 005RSD03 "Uzeir Hajibeyli" and "Natavan", which were the first vessels of this project in the shipping company.
 
As previously reported, the solemn commissioning ceremony of the new tanker "Ganja" of the project RST27 of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company was held in Baku on November 18, 2016 with the participation of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
 
The vessel was named in honor of the third largest and most populous city in Azerbaijan, the birthplace of the great Nizami and a monument of ancient culture, a city that played a major role in the socio-economic, political and cultural life of the country.
 
Krasnoe Sormovo Shipyard at Nizhniy Novgorod (Mikhail Pershin is a general director) is a builder.
 
Project RST27 was designed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
Britain Royal Institution of Naval Architects included RST27 in the list of the best vessels of the year (Significant Ships of 2012 and Significant Ships of 2013).
 
RST27 vessels have the record block coefficient 0.93; 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.
 
Thus the contract deadweight of 6980/5378 is increased for 42 t, contract speed is increased more than 1 kn.
 
Russian Maritime Registry of Shipping class is - KM Ice1 R2 AUT1-ICS OMBO VCS ECO-S Oil tanker (ESP).
 
As other river-sea going MEB tankers, RST27 vessels use full-turn rudder propellers as single movement and maneuver 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 vessels are assigned for transportation of crude oil and oil products (s.g. till 1.015) including gasoline, without flash point restrictions. Keeping of cargo's 50°C temperature is provided.
 
Simultaneous transportation of two types of cargo is ensured.
 
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 knots.
 
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 (marine/river).

 
20.10.21 13:02
RST12C chemical tanker "Kelbajar" of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company started its maiden voyage

As reported by the ASCO press service the second RST12C tanker "Kelbajar" built at the Baku shipyard by order of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company, has set off on its maiden voyage. The vessel left the Turkmen port of Turkmenbashi in the direction of the Turkish port of Gebze loaded with diesel fuel.
 
The customer is Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO), with Rauf Veliyev as chairman of the shipping company.
 
The RST12C was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
The British Royal Society RINA has included the lead tanker of the RST12C "Lachin" project, built for ASCO at the Baku plant, in its Significant Ships of 2019 (50 best ships built in the world in 2019).
 
At the Baku Shipyard, two more of the same RST12C tankers - chemical carriers are building.
 
The new RST12C tankers have an enhanced 'Caspian' function:
 
• with a "Caspian" draft of 4.54 m the deadweight is 7875 tonnes (the RST27 project has a deadweight of 7030 tonnes), an increase of 845 tonnes;
• the capacity of cargo tanks is designed to carry oil products from the Caspian region and has been increased by raising the trunk to 9190 m³ (the RST27 has 8100 m³), i.e. by 1090 m³.
 
Class of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping- KM Ice1 R2-RSN(4.5) AUT1-ICS VCS ECO-S OMBO Oil tanker/Chemical tanker type 2 (ESP).
 
Like other Marine Engineering Bureau mixed river-sea tankers, the RST12C project vessels use as single propeller-rudder propulsion and control units, have a developed trunk, use cargo submersible pumps, have no longitudinal bulkhead in the BF and no set in the cargo tanks.
 
Vessels of RST12C project meet the dimensions of the Volga-Don Canal and the Volga-Baltic Way. Overall length is 141.00 m, width is 16.9 m, side height is 6.0 m, trunk height is 1.75 m. Refers to Volgo-Don Max class tankers.
 
The design takes into account the special requirements of Russian and global oil companies, additional environmental restrictions of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping class "ECO PROJECT" (ECO-S).
 
The vessel of RST12C project is intended for transportation of crude oil and oil products with density up to 1.015 t/m³, including petrol, without flashpoint limitation, with provision of cargo transportation with temperature maintenance of 50°C, as well as chemical cargoes:
 
Methyl alcohol;
Ethyl tert-butyl ether;
Ethylene glycol;
Methyl tert-butyl ether;
Acetone;
Ethyl alcohol;
Isopropyl alcohol;
Cacium lignosulphonate solution;
Ethyl acetate;
Hexane (all isomers);
Octanol (all isomers);
Sodium hydroxide solution;
Toluene;
Urea ammonium nitrate solution;
Xylenes;
Diethylene glycol.
 
The simultaneous transportation of two (2) varieties of cargo is ensured.
 
Capacity of six cargo tanks and two slop tanks 9190 m³, deadweight in sea - 7875 tons at 4.54 m draught, in river at 3.60 m draught - 5447 tons, speed in operation - 10.0 knots.
 
The cargo system is designed for simultaneous transport of two types of cargo, with 6 x 200 m³/h cargo pumps. Two auxiliary steam boilers with a capacity of 2.5 t/h are installed.
 
The main engines are two 1200 kW medium-speed diesel engines, each running on IFO380 heavy fuel. The thruster is 230 kW.
 
The power plant consists of three 350 kW diesel generators and a 150 kW emergency standby diesel generator.
 
Crew - 11 people, seats - 14 + pilot.
 
Autonomy (sea/river) - 20 / 12 days.
 
The keel of the lead vessel of the RST12C project "Lachin" (construction number 110) was laid down on 29.06.2017. Launched on 21 February 2019 and put in to operation on 24 April 2020.
The keel of the second vessel "Kalbajar" (construction number 111) was laid down on 09 December 2019. Launched on 15.07.20 and put in to operation on 10.09.21.
The keel of the third vessel "Akademik Hoshbakht Yusifzade" (construction number 112) is laid down (metal cutting) on 21.08.2019. Launched on 20.09.2021.
The keel of the fourth vessel "Baku" (construction number 113) is laid down (metal cutting) on 21.08. 2019.

 
20.10.21 12:49
ASCO expands its geographical coverage, using the vessels designed by the Maritime Engineering Bureau

The press service of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) informs that the company regularly takes measures to expand its activities in foreign waters and eliminate its dependence on one market. Work in this direction will be performed in accordance with the order of President Ilham Aliyev in accordance with the Strategic Development Plan of the Shipping Company.
 
ASCO has been operating its vessels in external waters non-stop for seven consecutive years. Operations in external waters were restored in 2014 with the commissioning of the 005RSD03 dry cargo vessels Natavan and Uzeyir Hajibeyli. In the following years, the numbers of these vessels were enlarged (in total ASCO operates 8 vessels of 005RSD03 project). Currently, ASCO-owned dry cargo vessels and tankers, including those of 005RSD03 and RST12C projects, are engaged in cargo transportations in the Black Sea and Mediterranean basins.
 
In order to expand ASCO's activities outside the Caspian Sea, the company is continuously studying international markets and assessing potential areas of operation. As part of this effort, in 2020 ASCO, together with McKinsey, a leading international consulting firm, developed a strategy for expanding its activities outside the Caspian Sea basin, covering the period until 2030.
 
According to the strategy, in addition to the Black Sea and Mediterranean basins, ASCO is preparing to operate in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
 
The RST12C was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
These are multi-purpose dry cargo vessels of mixed river-sea navigation with deadweight 5.490/3330 tons in sea/river and designed for transportation of general, bulk, timber, grain and oversize cargoes, 8.5 and 9 foot international standard containers and 1.4S, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 class and Annex B dangerous goods of the BC Code.
 
The series has proven its capabilities in the Caspian Sea, with a cargo capacity of 5000 tonnes at Caspian draught with three cargo holds of 7840 cubic metres, having a short design length of only 102.2 metres (and consequently markedly lower port costs, construction costs and operating expenses than competitors).
 
Vessels can operate on inland waterways of the European part of the Russian Federation (deadweight in river with a draught of 3.60 m 3320 tons), including the Volga-Don Canal and the Volga-Baltic Way, as well as in marine areas in accordance with the class of vessel, including operation in the Caspian, Baltic, North, Mediterranean Seas and the Black Sea and Azov Basin.
 
The RST12C was designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
 
The British Royal Society RINA has included the lead tanker of the RST12C "Lachin" project, built for ASCO at the Baku plant, in its Significant Ships of 2019 (50 best ships built in the world in 2019).
 
The new RST12C tankers have an enhanced 'Caspian' function:
 
• with a "Caspian" draft of 4.54 m the deadweight is 7875 tonnes (the RST27 project has a deadweight of 7030 tonnes), an increase of 845 tonnes;
• the capacity of cargo tanks is designed to carry oil products from the Caspian region and has been increased by raising the trunk to 9190 m³ (the RST27 has 8100 m³), i.e. by 1090 m³.

 
06.10.21 10:53
The report "Current situation on the river fleet and mixed navigation vessels market, market development forecasts and new fleet construction"

On 5 October 2021, the VI International Conference "Cargo transportation on the Dnieper river" organised by the company - information service "Industrial Cargo" (www.promgruz.com) took place.
 
The conference was attended by 90 specialists from companies involved in cargo export (primarily grain), agency, expediting, as well as representatives of financial institutions and banks, shipping companies, shipyards, ports, brokerage companies, etc.
 
There were 18 presentations in three main topics: inland waterways perspectives, shipping and shipbuilding, infrastructure and freight flows.
 
Marine Engineering Bureau, invited by the organisers, prepared a report "Current situation on the river fleet and mixed navigation vessels market, market development forecasts and construction of new fleet. Characteristics and features of new vessels".
 
The report describes the positive experience of river transport development in China, Europe and the USA. The current condition of the river and river-sea fleet is rated, with forecasts for the medium term.
 
Particular attention is paid to conversions and modernisations of mixed-navigation vessels at the Okean and Kherson Shipyard based on the RSD28, RSD37, 005RSD06 designs.

 
01.10.21 11:43
XII International Conference "Innovations in Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering" dedicated to the memory of Professor Gennady Yegorov was held



The XII international scientific and technical conference "Innovations in shipbuilding and ocean engineering", dedicated to the memory of General Director of the Marine Engineering Bureau, Professor, Doctor of Engineering Sciences Gennady Yegorov, was held in Nikolaev in September 30 - October 01, 2021 in Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding (former Nikolaev Shipbuilding Institute, Rector Eugene Trushlyakov).
 
A total of 204 papers were presented by experts on various aspects of the theory and practice of shipbuilding and fleet operations.
 
During the plenary session, the Marine Engineering Bureau will present a report on the scientific and technical results of Professor Gennady Vyacheslavovich Egorov's work: "Professor Gennady Vyacheslavovich Egorov: A man of the era".
 
Egorov Gennady Vyacheslavovich, Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences, founder of the Marine Engineering Bureau (1966 - 2021).
 
Fellow of Royal Institution of Naval Architects (FRINA),
Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME),
Member of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) for more than 20 years,
Presidium Member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping,
Presidium Member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Russian River Register,
Member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Shipping Register of Ukraine,
Academician of the Transport Academy of Ukraine,
Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Shipbuilding of Ukraine,
Laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine 2011.

 
Born on 23 March 1966 in Odessa.
 
Graduated with honours from school N4 in 1982. In 1988 he graduated with "red" diploma from Odessa Institute of Marine Engineers (OIIMF) with speciality "Shipbuilding and shiprepair". In 1992 he finished postgraduate study at OIIMF in department "Shipbuilding Mechanics".
 
From 1993 to 1995 he worked as a senior researcher and lecturer in the Department of Ship Structure Mechanics at OIIMF.
 
In 1993 he completed his PhD thesis on "Development of methods for optimising strength solutions in the operation of ships".
 
In 1995 he set up the Marine Engineering Bureau in Odessa and in March 2000 a similar firm in St Petersburg and headed both companies until his last moment of life.
 
In 2005 he completed his doctoral thesis on "Methodology for Ensuring Reliability and Safety of Hulls of Ships in Restricted Sailing Areas".
 
Since 2008 he has been a professor in the Department of Ship Theory and Design at the National University of Shipbuilding (Nikolaev).
 
He has received various awards, the Merit Badge of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, the Honorary Worker of the Russian River Register and the Honorary Worker of the Shipping Register of Ukraine.
 
The 2011 State Prize was awarded for the development of a new generation of universal transport vessels and means of ocean engineering.
 
Prepared, wrote and published personally and in co-authorship more than 1000 scientific works, including 6 monographs, among which: "Experience of building ships using elements of the operated fleet" (co-authored), "Design and construction of coasters and mixed vessels", "Creation of universal transport ships and means of ocean engineering" (co-authored), "Designing ships of limited navigation areas on the basis of risk theory", "Liberty means freedom" and many others.
 
He has given numerous lectures, tutorials and webinars on topical issues in shipping and shipbuilding.
 
In 2020, he was actively involved, providing calculated engineering support for the complex operation to lift and dispose of the "Delphi" tanker that was polluting the Odessa coastline.
 
Under Gennady Vyacheslavovich's management, the Bureau has evolved from a small firm dealing solely with hull calculation tasks and scientific research for classification societies to an organization that performs virtually the entire range of engineering work for shipping and shipbuilding.
 
Passed away on 30 May 2021 at the age of 55 while he was on a business trip.
 
Presentation of the report in pdf format (22 MB) - link.
 
In addition, the Marine Engineering Bureau participated in the conference by presenting, in addition to the report at the plenary session, five more reports in the sections on the most current scientific and practical problems of national shipbuilding and shipping for discussion by the shipbuilding community.
 
1. About the design of modern cargo-passenger vessel "Admiral Nevelskoy" of PV22 project with high ice class.
Authors: G.V. Egorov, A.G. Egorov, I.A. Ilnitsky.
 
Analysis of the characteristics of existing cargo-passenger vessels for passenger and cargo traffic on the Sakhalin - Kuril Islands line has been performed. The route conditions have been analysed. Main characteristics of new generation vessel of PV22 project are defined. The experience of the design and construction of vessels of the PV22 project is shown.
 
2. Features of the Chinese waterway transport.
Authors: G.V. Egorov, A.G. Egorov.
 
Analysis of water transport in China has been performed. It is shown that the first three (in terms of traffic volume) rivers in the world are the Chinese Yangtze, Pearl River and Grand Canal. The stages of China's water transport development are analysed.
 
3. Features of China's river fleet.
Authors: G.V. Egorov, A.G. Egorov.
 
Analysis of the Chinese river fleet has been performed. It is shown that at the beginning of the 21st century the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China together with the provincial governments launched a large-scale fleet renewal programme. The entire PRC waterway fleet has been renewed and is still under construction.
 
4. Actual Issues of Design, Operation and Construction of the Chinese River Cruise Passenger Fleet.
Author: A.G. Egorov.
 
The features of river cruises in the People's Republic of China are highlighted, the main cruise companies are identified, the requirements for design and construction of river cruise passenger vessels are analysed. An analysis of passenger transportation by water transport in the People's Republic of China was performed. By 2030 the Chinese cruise market (sea and river) is expected to be the largest in the world with 8-10 million passengers.
 
5. Research of the characteristics of China's river cruise passenger fleet.
Author: A.G. Egorov.
 
A survey of the Chinese river cruise passenger vessel (RCPV) fleet has been performed. As of January 2021, there are 29 RCPV of international level in service on the Yangtze River. A further 6 RCPV are being completed and will be handed over in 2021-2023. The average age of operating RCPV is 12.1 years. The total passenger capacity is 10889, including vessels to be completed shortly, 14739. The average load factor of the RCPV in 2017 was 75-82%.