Seventh dry cargo vessel was laid under 006RSD05 project for Palmali Shipping at Volgograd shipyard of Marine and Oil&Gas Project Group. The release issued by MOGP says the contract signed in March 2003 set out construction of four dry cargo vessels for Palmali Shipping at Volgograd shipyard. Two similar vessels were included as option. In early May 2005 a contract was signed for the fifth and sixth vessels, and in late October 2005 one more vessel was added.
First vessel Heydar Aliyev was handed to the customer in June 2004, second - Palmali Voyager in September 2004, third, Ilyas Efendiev, in August 2005, and fourth, Nakhichevan, was launched in October 2005. Fifth vessel, Zeynalabdin Tagiev, was laid in August 2005 with preliminary commissioning deadline May 2006 and sixth vessel in October 2005 with preliminary commissioning deadline June 2006. The contract terms stipulate construction of all six river-sea class vessels for Palmali Shipping within three years. The vessels were designed by Marine Construction bureau (Odessa) in cooperation with Palmali Shipping experts in accordance with Russian Marine Register and meet all requirements of applicable international conventions.
The vessel design data are the following: deadweight 6,970 t, length 140 m, width 16.5, height overboard 6 m, cargo holds capacity 11,400 cubic meters. The vessel is purposed to transport bulked, wood, grain and large-size cargos and special containers. The vessels will be operated in internal waterways of the RFs European part with passing Volga-Don channel, as well as in marine areas as per the vessel c;ass, including sailing around Europe.
To accommodate 12 members of crew, the vessel has 10 single cabins and 2 block-cabins with bathroom and shower. Two cabins have on spare place each. Total number of places (including 2 spare) is 14. The feature of these vessels is a couple of full-drive propeller steering columns that enable the vessel move in any direction and turn around at place.