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04.03.09 18:25
Solemn opening of train ferry line between Russia and Bulgaria at the port of Varna

Train ferry boat "Avangard" moored to rhe berth at the port of Varna on the March 2 at about 18:00.
Unloading of tank-wagons with mineral oil from OjSC "Gazprom nefty" was begun on the Marc 3.
Cargo is assign to the Bulgarian company Prista Oil.
Due to ITAR-TASS information Bulgarian Transport Minister Petr Mutafchiev, Bulgarian Economics and Energy Minister Petr Dimitrov and Russian Head of Maritime and River Federal Agency Alexander Davydenko took part at the Solemn opening of train ferry line between Russia and Bulgaria.
Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin sent greetings to the participants of this grand day. He also sent greetings to all Bulgarian people on the occasion of Bulgarian national celebration of 131st celebration of victory in Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878 and getting free from 5-century Ottoman slavery. He marked that "opening of train ferry line between countries in the day of Bulgarian national celebration is a symbolic event".
Bulgaria is not only strategic partner of Russia. Bulgarian people are close to us spiritually, cultural and historically and our hearts go out to them. So it is very important that our mutual efforts should be forwarded towards future intergovernmental relations development.
Alexander Davydenko at his greetings of direct ferry line opening between Russia and Bulgaria marked that bilateral trade must seriously grow thanks this new trade line. Distance of cargo transportation decreases for more than 800 km and that greatly decreases cost of cargo transportation.
Alexander Monin (general director of "Anship" Company) said that one more ferry boat are going to join the ferry line port of Caucasus - port of Varna. This new vessel is train ferry boat "Slavyanin" of CNF09 prj. with capacity of 50 wagons. Her building are going to be completed in the nearest future.
Agreement concerning renewal of direct transport communication between both countries was signed during official visit of RF president to Bulgaria in January, 2008. Project was successfully realized during one year.
CNF06 prj. Vessel "Avangard" (45 wagons capacity) is assigned for lines the port of Caucasus (Russian Federation) - the port of Varna (Bulgaria).
"Anship" shipping company (Aleksandr Monin is general director, Sergey Dobryakov is a technical director) is a shipowner. Company has already operated 25-wagons ferries (002CNF01 prj.) "Petrovsk" and "Annenkov" on the line the port of Caucasus - the port of Crimea. These ferries transferred about 7 million tons of cargoes since 2004.
Vessel's conversing was carried out in accordance with normative document named "Building of internal waterways and river-sea going vessels using elements of maintained vessels" (Guidance P003-2003). This document was issued by Russian River Register under direction of Nikolay Efremov, doctor of economic sciences.
Project CNF06 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau.
Vessel is assigned for transportation of railway wagons and vehicles, and also ISO containers, dangerous goods of 1, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes and large-sized cargoes.
Vessel's overall length is of 133.67 m, length between perpendiculars is of 123.58 m, overall breadth is of 22.0 m, moulded breadth is of 21.0 m, depth is of 8.00 m.
Deadweight is about 5360 tons with cargo waterline draught of 4.80 m that allows to make transportation from shallow water of Caucasus port (Russian Federation) to the port of Varna (Bulgaria) and to the port of Poty (Georgia) to provide cargo transportation on line Russia - EU, Russia - Armenia.
The deckhouse is located fore and engine-room is located aft, 2 main engines with capacity of 2200 kWt each works through reduction gear to variable-pitch propeller.
Railway wagons are placed on five railway lines of upper deck.
Tank-wagon (length between coupling gauges of 12020 mm) capacity is of 45 units.
Freight car (length between coupling gauges of 14730 mm) capacity is of 33 units.
Passenger car (length between coupling gauges of 24540 mm) capacity is of 20 units.
Open-top wagon (length between coupling gauges of 13920 mm) capacity is of 39 units.
Super-size automobiles capacity is of 58 units.
Loading-unloading is of one-level type (as at almost all MEB designed train-ferries), that essentially reduces the price of coast terminals and provides loading-unloading of train (45 wagons) during 1.0 - 1.5 hours.
The cargo deck is designed for transportation of wagons with weight up to 97 tons each on the all lines, on outside lines (1 and 5) wagons with weight up to 219 tons (8-axles) can be transported, possible load of vehicles' axle is of 12 tons (4 wheels on the axle) and 10 tons (2 wheels on axle).
Cargo deck sizes (length is of 112.5 m, breadth is of 21.0 m) allows 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.
The vessel is of single-screw type. Operational speed is of 12.0 kn. Vessel has two thrusters.
Autonomy is of 15 day. Crew consists of 17 persons (18 places), passenger number is of 12 persons. Total places are of 30.