On "Oka Shipyard" September 14, 2011, held a launch of the seventh of the 10 universal project RSD 44 dry cargo destined for "Volga Shipping Company." The ship was called "Captain Afanasiev."
Ships of the project RSD 44 — the first in 25 years propelled river ships, which are built in Russian shipyards. Five ships of this series are already working on inland waterways cargo ship "Captain Kadomtsev" currently undergoing mooring trials.
Load capacity vessels of RSD 44 is 5.5 million tons, which is 10% higher than that of bulk carriers "Volga-Don". In this case, the overall height of new ships almost twice lower, only 8 m This allows them to pass under the bridges of St. Petersburg and Rostov without wiring, which reduces the time of delivery. Vessels are automated and equipped with modern propeller-rudder, giving high maneuverability and good handling.
The project of building a series of vessels RSD 44 is under a leasing scheme of government support of domestic shipbuilding: co-financing of state "United Shipbuilding Corporation" (85%) and the future owner of the ship — "Volga Shipping" (15%) on a state subsidy of the refinancing rate of the Central Bank.
"Oka Shipyard" (Navashino city, Nizhny Novgorod region) was founded in 1907. Modern of "Oka Shipyard" was created by way of privatization of the state enterprise "Navashino Shipyard" Oka ". Shipyard is a manufacturer and supplier of river and sea vessels of various types and purposes. Of "Oka Shipyard" is a subsidiary of JSC "North-Western Shipping Company."
JSC "Shipping Company" Volga Shipping "- one of the largest shipping companies in Russia, founded in 1843. Carries out cargo and passenger transportation on rivers and lakes of the country. Shipping Company is the holding company VBTH, majority shareholder is an international transport group Universal Cargo Logistics Holding, consolidating a number of Russian shipping, stevedoring and shipping companies.