Baltiysky Shipyard Launches 3rd Serial Tanker of Project 2734 for BFC

St. Petersburg-based shipyard Baltiysky Zavod today, April 26, held a launching and christening ceremony for the third vessel of a series of four non-self propelled oil tankers of Project 2734, ordered by Baltic Fuel Company (BFC). The vessel was named "Mira." 

The RUB 400 million turn-key contract for four tankers was signed between the shipbuilding firm and BFC in November 2010. The order is funded with participation of the Bank “Saint Petersburg”.

The Project 2734 was designed by Marine Engineering Bureau. The project was developed to satisfy the Customer’s requirements, according to the latest innovations and internationally approved standards of shipbuilding.

Ship's main characteristics: length - 108.32 m, beam - 16.86 m, depth - 4.75 m, displacement - 6120 tons, light displacement - 1020 tons.

The barges will be transporting petroleum products with vapor flash point of 60º C and above, including those requiring heating. Navigation area - inland waterways and marine areas for non-self propelled cargo vessels, where the thickness of broken ice does not exceed 20 cm. To enhance environmental safety the project tanker’s hull is reinforced with double bottom and double sides in the area of 12 cargo tanks of total volume of about 6,000 cbm. The barges will sail with assistance of pusher tugs, or towed by towboats as an option.

The vessels are being constructed under the supervision of the Russian River Register in accordance with modern standards, rules and regulations of commercial shipbuilding. The series vessels comply with international standards and requirements for ship vetting inspection.

Baltic Fuel Company CEO Stanislav Korneev comments: "We’ve taken delivery of our third ship on time and we are sure that in the summer navigation of 2012 all four tankers of the project will be put into service. The new oil tankers, together with the existing tanker fleet will be delivering oil products from central Russia to the country’s North-West ports. During the 2012 summer navigation our company plans to carry by its own fleet at least 500,000 tons of oil products. In the 2013 navigation season the company is set to strengthen its position in the oil cargoes transportation on the inland waterways of the Russian Federation. "

The 2734 project lead vessel named “Taisiya" (Thais) was floated out on Sept. 27, 2011. The second ship christened “Mary” was launched on Dec. 29, 2011. The fourth serial tanker is scheduled for launch by the end of this year navigation season.