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New barges started work in Shakhtersk Coal seaport

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The fleet of the coal seaport of Shakhtersk of the Eastern Mining Company has been replenished with two self-propelled barges with a total of 15 000 DWT. With the commissioning of two new vessels, the port's capacity will increase by 15 – 16%.

“The commissioning of two new self-propelled barges will allow us to reach a new level of coal shipment in order to achieve plans for export to the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. The cargo ships will strengthen the port's coastal fleet and increase its throughput to 14 million tpy,” commented Anatoly Balakin, Executive Director of the Shakhtersk Coal Seaport.

Two self-propelled barges, Star Excellence and Star Success, were purchased in 2020 at the port of Moulayin (Myanmar). The length of each barge is 97.5 m, 24.4 m wide, and a depth of 6.1 m. The power of the two main engines is 1790 kW each. Deadweight (the sum of the mass of the payload) is 7423 t.

All the necessary work on the modernisation and docking of ships was carried out at one of the largest shipyards in the Chinese city district of Weihai (China Merchants Jinling Shipyard). Hull and repair work were carried out on all deck equipment, main and auxiliary engines, as well as other mechanisms. New modern equipment for wastewater treatment was installed and equipment for oily water purification was completely restored. The new equipment meets the highest environmental safety standards and eliminates any negative impact on the environment. Propeller-rudder complexes were repaired with complete replacement of control electronics. New navigation and communication equipment was put into operation to ensure the safety of the vessel and its crew.

In the same place, the ships were successfully registered in the Russian International Register of Ships and were transferred to the Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) class of the international classification society RINA SpA. The purchased barges received the RINA class for a maximum period of 5 years. This proves the reliability and strength of structures, ship devices and systems that ensure the viability of the ship.

After registration in the register of ships of the Russian Federation, the barges received the right to sail under the Russian state flag as ‘Raid-11’ and ‘Raid-12’.

The new barges were purchased with the attraction of investments from the company LLC Rocktree VGK STV, created to develop offshore coal shipment, in the Uglegorsk region in the Free Port of Vladivostok regime. According to their characteristics, they are identical to the barges ‘Raid-7’, ‘Raid-8’, ‘Raid-9’ and ‘Raid-10’, which joined the port's fleet earlier. Thanks to the newly acquired barges, 24 new jobs have been created in the Uglegorsk region.

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