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09.09.09 12:45
Train-ferry "Slavyanin" of CNF09 project was launched

On September 04, 2009 train-ferry "Slavyanin" was launched at Kherson shipyard.
Vessel "Slavyanin" of CNF09 project with capacity of 50 wagons is assigned for lines the port of Caucasus - the port of Varna (Bulgaria).
The ship-owner - "Anship" shipping company (Alexander Monin is the general director, Sergey Dobryakov is the technical director), which has in operation 25 wagons train-ferries "Petrovsk" and "Annenkov" of 002CNF01 project on the line the port of Caucasus - the port of Crimea and 45 wagons train-ferry "Avangard" of CNF06 project on the line the port of Caucasus - the port of Varna.
Conversion works from Finnish ro-ro - automobile carrier into ro-ro - train carrier for Black Sea are being carried out under the direction of Igor Chistyakov.
Work supervision is being carried out by Don-Cuban branch of RRR (Yuriy Sklyarenko is the head of branch).
Vessel's conversion is carried out in accordance with normative document named "Building of internal waterways and river-sea going vessels using elements of maintained vessels" (Guidance R`003-2003). This document was issued by Russian River Register (RRR) under direction of Nikolay Efremov, doctor of economic sciences.
Vessel's conversion means big and, as usual, dimensional modernization of existent vessel that includes renewal of vessel's elements reliability up to the level that corresponds to the new shipbuilding.
Project CNF09 is designed by the Marine Engineering Bureau (MEB).
Vessel is assigned for transportation of railway wagons and vehicles, dangerous goods of 1, 2, 3, 4.1, 4.2, 5, 6.1, 8, 9 classes and oversized cargoes.
Vessel's overall length is of 150.20 m, length between perpendiculars is of 139.94 m, overall breadth is of 22.0 m, moulded breadth is of 21.0 m, depth is of 8.00 m.
Deadweight is about 6258 tons with cargo waterline draught of 4.50 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, 1 main engine with capacity of 5500 kWt 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 50 units.
Freight car (length between coupling gauges of 14730 mm) capacity is of 40 units.
Passenger car (length between coupling gauges of 24540 mm) capacity is of 25 units.
Open-top wagon (length between coupling gauges of 13920 mm) capacity is of 45 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 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.
The vessel is of single-screw type. Operational speed is of 12.0 kn. Vessel has two thrusters (fore and aft ones).
Cumulated world experience allows to make a resume, that conversion of commercial vessels for today situation in Russian and Ukrainian economics is real (and may be single) way out of the almost stalemate situation, when fleet is sweeping aging and there is no money for new shipbuilding for private ship-owners even in theory.
Conversion allows to prolong safe and profitable operation of existing vessels in changing conditions, may be (if, of course, there will be favourable conditions from State) to load native shipbuilding and ship-repair yards with orders and to give work to people in crisis situation.