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.
All ships to be delivered in 2016
During the XIII International Exhibition “NEVA-2015exhibition held in St. Petersburg, Baltic Fleet Tanker “BF Tanker” has signed contracts for the construction of 7 ships of “river-sea type” with the shipyards “Oka Shipyard” and “Red Sormovo” and the PJSC “State Transport LeasingCompany”.
Under the terms of shipbuilding contracts, all 7 tankers(project RST-RST-54 and 27) are to be transferred to Shipowner during the2016 river navigation season.
“BF Tanker has consistently implemented its commitments to OAO“LUKOIL”, for the transportation of oil products using a new, safe and efficient fleet. Despite the current difficulties faced by the Russian financial sector, one of the largest Russian leasing companies agreed to support this important ship construction order, this is the largest order placed this year at Russian shipyards.
With the commissioning of these new ships, BF Tankerplans to transport at least 1 million tons of oil products during 2016. In 2015under a contract with OAO “Lukoil” BFtanker utilized 17 vessels with a combination of owned and chartered vessels. The company is among the largest river carriers transporting oil for export to the ports of St. Petersburg and Vysotsk.
Construction of new ships in Russia in recent years has been supported by the adoption of a law supporting local shipbuilding and navigation namely 07.11.2011 N 305-FZ, as well as government subsidies related to the level of interest rates on loans and leasing contracts as part of government regulation N383 from 22.05.2008.
The company plans to increase its fleet even further in the years ahead and expects other shipowners also to utilize state support, which undoubtedly will continue to support the modernization of the Russian river shipping sector and the development of the domestic shipbuilding industry.
BF Tanker is proud to announce that its flagship Balt Flot 1 has been valued as one of the most significant ships projects of 2014.
RINA, UK have included Balt Flot 1 into Significant Ships list of 2014. The experts over at RINA only considered lead vessels that became operational during last year. We thank all concerned to the project:Marine Engineering Bureau, shipyard Okskaya and our shipmanagers VF Tanker aswell as RINA for their attention to innovative ships.
BF Tanker flagship “Balt Flot 1” has loaded its first cargo of Fuel Oil at LUKOIL’s river terminal in Kstovo.
The company is looking to use Balt Flot 1 sister ships Balt Flot 2 and 3 as from middle of May this year and charter in a further 20 tankers. “BF Tanker” Ltd will continue to transport oil products for LUKOIL under a long term contract and service other companies in the oil sector requiring a professional logistics service. The company has ambitions to become the largest such operator on the Russian river system with emphasis on the North Western region of the Baltic Sea.
The first vessel of the RST54 project has been loaded in Naberezhnye Chelny.
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Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev kindly attended the event which bought together many guests from the region, oil industry and the shipping sector.
The RST54 concept is unique in its approach. This one-of-a-kind “platform/tanker” vessel created to be maximally effective during both legs of each round voyage; carrying oil when going to its destination and dry cargo on its return trip. Therefore, it is planned to achieve the highest possible economic efficiency of the vessel’s operation given the seasonal nature of the river transport infrastructure in Russia.
An RST54 vessel is a self-propelled combined (oil/dry cargo) “Volga-Don Max” class platform vessel with a deadweight of 5,589 tons intended for transporting up to 5,250 tons of light and dark oil products as well as general and bulk cargo, including gravel, metals, timber, coal, bulky and heavy cargoes.The vessel can carry up to 148 TEU’s worth of cargo in containers or 320 carsor 4,500 tons of bulk cargo.
The vessel’s design is intended to ensure the best possible navigational performance in the Unified Deep Water System of Russia, taking advantage of its maximum full bodylines first used with the RST27 tanker construction for UCL Holding purposes. The RST54 project vessels are compatible with the width and depth of theVolga-Don Canal and the Volga-Baltic Waterway. Their overall length is 140.85 m,width 16.6m, and depth 6.0 m.Thus, there is an increase in carrying capacity by maximizing the use of the actual voyage conditions (the maximum possible length, breadth), and most importantly – as result of the extremely full contours, not previously used in the world of shipping. The Maritime Engineering Bureau has developed the RST54 project.
BF Tanker plans on building a total of 10 RST54 project vessels by 2015.
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