Following the orders for previous series of RST design tankers, all built in Russia and Turkey, MarFlex has been awarded the contracts to supply the cargo pump systems for a series of 31 RST-27 design tankers being built for Volga Shipping Co., Russia’s oldest shipping company.
Fifteen of the ships are to be constructed at the Okskaya yard in Navashino for ship owner Volga Flot Tanker, and the other sixteen at the Krasnoe Sormovo yard in Nizhny Novgorod, five for Bash Volga Tanker and five for Volgotrans. All these three ship owners are part of Volga Shipping Co. The scope of the supply includes 6 electric driven deepwell pumps and portable pumps. Furthermore two tankers, RST-25 design, will be built at Zelenodolsk shipyard. The scope of supply for the RST-25 design includes 6 deepwell pumps, portable pumps and VSD systems.
Delivery of the systems will commence in Q4 2011, to be completed Q3 2013.
The RST design tanker type has a length of 140 m, a 4.2 m draught, and a deadweight of 6979 tons. It can carry crude oil and petroleum products, including gasoline, without restrictions for flash-point, and is allowed to transport two types of cargo simultaneously. When launched, all 33 additional tankers will operate on Russia’s inland waterways and on the Black and Mediterranean Sea.