USC will build two cruise paddle wheelers

On December 22nd JSC “Shipbuilding yard “Lotos” (incorporated in United Shipbuilding Corporation) entered into contracts on construction of two passenger cruise paddle ships of PCS 180 «Golden Ring» project with the “Gama” Group of Companies.

Being one of the biggest enterprises in the Southern Federal District and the first resident of the special economic zone, “Lotos” shipyard will build two cruise paddle ships of PCS 180 “Golden Ring” project for OOO “Gama” within the subsidized leasing program for passenger vessels.

Shipyard`s Director, Igor Sadovnichy, thanked the client and corporation for credence given and reminded that a PV300VD passenger vessel was already built at shipyard “Lotos” at that time. He noted that the company was expanding its skills in construction of cruise liners and assured that the work would be completed in full and in due time.

The first cruise ship will be laid in the first quarter of 2018 and handed over to the client in 2019. Design of the “Golden Ring” river cruise ship provides new technical innovative solutions: a paddle type propulsion/steering unit and contemporary design. It is planned to use mainly domestic materials, machinery and equipment in the course of ship`s construction. Paddle ships will assure good comfort for 180 passengers in cabins de luxe and first-class cabins.    

Dmitry Galkin, a General Director of OOO “Gama”, emphasized: “With this project we start including 50 thousand km of inland waterways, which are not currently used, in business activities of this country. Technical data of “Golden Ring” ships allow navigating in those areas, where existing passenger vessels are not able to pass”.  

A shallow draft of 1,2 m and overall height of 8,6 m of the “Golden Ring” passenger ships ensure a safe motion down/up shallow rivers, under bridges and approaching to a non-equipped shore, which allows expanding the river cruise geography not only in the European part of the country, but also in Siberia and Far East.  

PCS 180 «Golden Ring»

Ship`s main technical data:

  • Overall length – 81,6 m
  • Width – 13,8 m
  • Main diesel generators power – 3 х 320 kW
  • Deep water endurance speed – 18 km/h
  • Propeller/steering unit – paddle-wheel type
  • Propeller shafts drive – electromechanical

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