First Of Five Tankers For USSR Christened At Rauma-Repola Yard

The first in a series of five 5,750-dwt Arclkuclass product tankers, -The Ventspils, was christened recently at Rauma-Repola Shipyard, Rauma, Finland. The vessel and its sisterships are being built for the USSR's Ministry of Merchant Marine.

The tankers, of a new design, can transport up to four different products simultaneously in ambient temperatures down to minus 40 degrees Centigrade. The Ventspils measures 113 meters long overall, is 18.3 meters wide with an 8.5-meter depth.

The vessel is powered by a slow-speed B&W 6L 45GFCA diesel engine, built in the USSR, with an output of 4,350 kw driving a fixed-blade propeller.

A special feature of The Ventspils and sisterships is the capability to transfer oil without using normal quay facilities. The transfer system comprises 800 meters of 150-mm-diameter hose on reels carried in special containers.

The system is fabricated by the shipyard.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 32,  Feb 15, 1983

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