Shipyard “Oka” launches platform tanker of project RST54 for BUNKER FUEL Tanker (photo)
On July 10, Shipyard “Oka” (Navashino, Nizhny Novgorod) launched the lead ship of mixed sea-and-river navigation, project RST54, built for BF Tanker. According to the press center of UCL Holding, the vessel has been named Balt FLot 1.
Combined carriers of project RST54 ensure loading for both directions (oil cargo – one way and dry cargo – the other way). This is to contribute to the operation efficiency.
This 5,589-dwt platform tanker can carry 5,250 t of light or dark oil products as well as general and dry bulk cargo including crashed stone, metal, timber, coal, oversize and heavy weight cargo. The vessel can carry up to 148 TEUs, up to 320 automobiles and up to 4,500 t of dry bulk cargo.
RST54 project vessels of Volga-Don Max class meet the dimensions of the Volga-Don Ship Canal and Volga-Baltic Waterway. LOA - 140.85 m, beam - 16.6 m, depth - 6 m.
The ship design was developed by Marine Engineering Bureau.
The construction of the lead vessel took 7 months. It was laid down on December 16, 2013 and will be delivered to the customer in September 2014 upon completion of sea trials. The vessel will be deployed for cargo transportation under the long-term contract with Litasco, operator of LUKOIL international trading activities.
By the end of 2015, BF Tanker is to get 10 vessels of project RST54. The fifth vessel of the project was laid down at the shipyard on May 28, 2014.
BF Tanker (Saint-Petersburg) is focused on marine and river transportation of cargos and is engaged in related businesses like the development of logistic schemes for delivery of containers and automobiles by inland water ways from the Baltic ports to Moscow and other logistic centers of Russia.
Okskaya Sudoverf (Shipyard “Oka”) based in Navashino of Nizhny Novgorod region was founded in 1907. The modern Okskaya Shipyard JSC was established through privatization of the state enterprise Navashino Shipyard “Oka”. The firm specializes in building multipurpose river and sea going vessels. The company’s major shareholder is Universal Cargo Logistics Holding B.V. (UCL Holding).
UCL Holding is an international transportation group consolidating a number of Russian shipping, stevedoring, shipbuilding, railway and logistic companies.