On August 12, Kuzey Star Yard in Turkey in cooperation with Russia’s Srednenevsky Shipyard launched the first LNG-powered rail ferry that will be deployed between Ust-Luga and Baltiysk.
The vessel to be named after Marshal Rokossovsky has the Arc4 ice class and will be able to operate in the Baltic all year round without the assistance of icebreakers.
The project dubbed CNF19M was developed by Maritime Engineering Bureau on commission from the RF Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport.
The ferry “Marshal Rokossovsky” will be operated by Rosmorport. It will replace the older ferries “Baltiysk” and “Ambal” currently deployed on the route.
Depending on the rolling stock type, the ferry can accommodate 36 to 80 rail cars plus 58 trucks with trailers and 40 trailers. The vessel can also take on board up to 30 reefer 20’ containers.
The 199.9 m LOA 27.4 m beam ferry will have a draft of 6 meters and will operate at a speed of 16.5 knots. It will be equipped with two 6,000 kWt main engines and have a crew of 24. The passenger capacity is 12 people.