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The Marshal Rokossovsky dual-fuel ferry for Ust-Luga - Baltiysk line arrives at the seaport of Kaliningrad

The Marshal Rokossovsky dual-fuel ferry for Ust-Luga - Baltiysk line arrives at the seaport of Kaliningrad

Russia's first dual-fuel road-railway ferry Marshal Rokossovsky has successfully completed its raid from the seaport of Tuzla (Istanbul) to the seaport of Kaliningrad. In the nearest future, the ferry will be put on the Ust-Luga - Baltiysk line, which is strategically important for Russia.

The ferry was built by order and at the expense of FSUE "Rosmorport". The construction was carried out by The Nevsky Shipyard LLC (part of The United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC) in cooperation with the Turkish shipyard The Kuzey Star Shipyard. The design of the vessel was developed by The Marine Engineering Bureau - Design - SPb LLC.

The Marshal Rokossovsky ferry with Arc4 ice reinforcement is equipped with dual-fuel diesel propulsion unit, two adjustable pitch propellers, stern and two bow thrusters, two semi-propeller rudders which provide reliable handling qualities during operation, as well as safe maneuvering in narrow passages, mooring and unmooring of the vessel.

With modern equipment of the ferry, the amount of automation, equipment in accordance with the rules and conventions, as well as comfortable living conditions, the crew can work on the vessel with confidence and efficiency.

Till the end of 2022 the fleet engaged in the Ust-Luga - Baltiysk line is expected to be reinforced by one more vessel, the General Chernyakhovsky ferry, which is currently being under construction by order of FSUE "Rosmorport".

Putting into operation of two new "green" ferries will make it possible to improve transport safety of the Kaliningrad region, to redirect part of the cargo traffic which is currently going through the territories of neighboring countries to the territory of Russia, as well as to provide transportation of cargo required for domestic consumption.

The use of environmentally clean fuel will allow to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere by 20-30 %, nitrogen oxides – by over 90 %, sulfur oxides and carbon black – by 100 % compared to similar vessels running on traditional heavy fuel.

Both ferries for the Ust-Luga – Baltiysk line are named after prominent Soviet commanders: first was named after Konstantin Rokossovsky, twice named Hero of the USSR and the only marshal in the history of the Soviet Union of two countries, USSR and Poland, and the second was named after Ivan Chernyakhovsky, twice named Hero of the USSR, General of the Army.

The main purpose of the ferry:

The vessel is designed to carry Russian standard railway trains with a gauge of 1,520 mm, as well as other rolling cargoes, including dangerous goods, up to 30 refrigerated containers (20-foot).

Basic technical characteristics of the vessel:

Class according to the Russian Maritime        
Shipping Register:
ECO GFS Ro-ro ship
Maximum length, m: 199.9
Width, m: 27
Side height to the upper deck, m: 14.7
Draught at the summer waterline, m: 6
Speed in clean waters, knots: 16.5
Crew/beds, persons: 24/36