The fifth combined vessel "Balt Flot 5" RST54 project for sea-and-river-going vessels has been officially launched at the Oka shipyard Navashino, Nizhegorodsky region.
In September 2015, during NEVA-2015, The International Maritime Exhibition and Conferences of Russia, was signed a contract for the construction of 7 vessels. The Oka shipyard will construct 5 vessels including two RST-27 and three RST-54 tankers.
The tankers will be delivered to the customer upon completion of the fitting out and successful sea trials scheduled for April 2016.
The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA, UK) earlier included RST54 Project ships into the list of top 50 vessels for 2014.
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 – 6.0 m. Class of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping - M-ПР2,5 (ice30) А. Crew - 12 persons (14 places + pilot). Sea endurance - 20 days.
It was the first reverse load for our vessels and our first dry cargo contract.
Universal vessels of RST-54 Balt Flot 1 and Balt Flot 3 type (BF Tanker Ltd. owner) have delivered two batches of chip stone from the Onega Lake (the Republic of Karelia) to Moscow, the North port. The loading activity took less than one day. To improve efficiency and reliability of the loading process the forwarder used up-to-date stevedoring equipment for the chip stone loading.
It was the first reverse load for our vessels and our first dry cargo contract. Despite the low margins in transporting chip stone, our company finds this type of material excellent for reverse loading voyages. The modern vessels of RST-54 type allow such transportation to reach a higher level of efficiency owing to the reverse loading with bulk dry and mixed freight. The main freight for these vessels will continue to be the transportation of oil products. At the same time, we are planning to increase the transportation of chip stone, steel, containers and project cargo (oversize cargo, equipment).
BF Tanker Ltd. would like to thank our charterers for their continued cooperation.