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Soviets Award $120-Million Contract

To Valmet For Two Arctic Cargo Ships

An artist's rendering of the 20,000-dwt multipurpose cargo ship the Soviets have ordered from Valmet Shipyards, Finland, This ups total Valmet newbuildings for the USSR to $350 million (U.S.) for 20 vessels.

A contract has been signed be- tween V/O Sudoimport of Mos- cow and Valmet Oy, under which

Valmet Helsinki Shipyard will, in 1983-84, build two more Arctic 20,000-dwt multipurpose dry car- go vessels for service in the northern areas of the USSR. The value of the contract is nearly $120 million (U.S.).

Valmet's contracts with Sudo- import during the last three months total $350 million (U.S.) for 20 vessels including two barge carriers, two pusher tugs, five re- search vessels, four offshore sup- ply ships, and four accommoda- tion ships. These contracts insure full employment at the compa- ny's Wartsila and Valmet yards through 1983.

The new vessels are general cargo, having six holds, a 'tween deck, open type hatches, and 40- ton deck cranes. The 'tween deck will be fitted with a quarter ramp in the stern with a free breadth of 5 meters.

The vessel is designed to serve in Arctic conditions, to break ice 1 meter thick with constant speed without icebreaker assistance and to endure temperatures down to — 50c C.

The hull has typical icebreaker features such as bow form, slop- ing sides and a heeling system.

The vessel will fulfill the require- ments of the ULA-class of the

USSR Register of Shipping.

The machinery consists of two

Sulzer 14 ZV 40 48 medium-speed diesel engines totaling 15,400 kw (21,000 bhp) geared through Val- met-Renk gears and hydrodynam- ic couplings to a KaMeWa control- lable-pitch propeller.

The vessel with a 26,400-cubic- meter hold capacity is intended for all kinds of cargo, including general cargo, coal, ore, grain, heavy units, explosives, and chem- icals. The 'tween deck may be used for ro ro cargo and is fitted with an 800-meter lane for trailers.

There are also lashings for 532 twenty-foot containers of which 50 can be refrigerated. The hatch covers can also be used for pack- aged timber.

The ships will have a length overall of 174 meters (about 571 feet) ; breadth of 24.50 meters (80 feet) ; depth to upper deck, 15.20 meters (50 feet) ; draft, maxi- mum, 10.5 meters (34 feet) ; dead- weight, 20,000 ; crew, 52; output, 2 x 7,700 kw (2 x 10,500 bhp) ; and speed, 17 knots.



This TUG/BARGE rig is probably one of the most efficient and economical modes for the transportation of bulk com- modities in existence today. TUG/BARGE economies are still calculated in mils per ton mile while competing modes are us- ing cents in similar calculations.

Our deep notched cargo units (barges) are the containment vessels for tremen- dous quantities of bulk liquid or dry prod- ucts which are loaded and discharged rapidly at minimum costs.

Galveston Shipbuilding Company is the leading Gulf Coast builder of deep notched ocean going barges for push towed operations. While Galveston builds the cargo unit of the tug-barge combination, other Gulf yards specializ- ing in boat construction, build the tug.

Using different and highly specialized yards to build the power (tug) and cargo (barge) units, usually results in obtaining superior quality construction at signifi- cantly lower prices than would normally be expected when building both units in the same shipyard.

Let's get together and talk about your marine transportation rquirements.

For a better barge at a competitive price, get a Galveston Shipbuilding bid.

Contact Nat McClure at G.S.C. today.



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