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Azerbaijan pending new tanker from Russia

05 July 2005 [09:12] - TODAY.AZ
Russia’s Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard, in the regional city of Nizhniy Novgorod, on July 3 launched the Shah Ismayil Khatai tanker, in the framework of the project #19619, envisioning the building of three vessels for the Caspian Shipping Company (Kaspar).
Kaspar press spokesman Vugar Mirsadyg told Trend that the tanker will be delivered to Baku in September following the completion of two-month dock and roadormance. In accordance with the original building schedule, the tanker was supposed to reach Baku in late April or early May. However, the implementation of the project was delayed due to the rise in the cost of metal stuff and energy resources.

With the acquisition of the tanker, Kaspar will be capable of significantly boosting cargo transportation by sea.

The Kaspar’s tanker, of 13,800 tons displacement, has been designed for the transportation of crude oil and petroleum products (with the temperature of flaring at 60C), and is capable of round-year navigation in areas with maritime climate with medium low temperatures. The tanker is outfitted with 12 tanks, and has double boarding (to prevent oil from spilling in case of accidents).

The ship – 152 meters long and 17.3 meters wide, with the corresponding depth of 10.5 meters, and the settlement of 6.99 meters – will be capable of making 10 knots and transporting two different crude brands or petroleum products at the same time. It will have a crew of 21 and 20 days endurance period.

The tanker has reportedly worked out to 13.5 million U.S. dollars. The first tanker, in the framework of the project #19619, was entitled President Heydar Aliyev and launched in November 2004, with the following launch of the second tanker, Babak, in December that year. Both vessels have been commissioned in TRACECA routes.


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