The lead Project RSD59 dry cargo carrier Pola Makaria has been launched at Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard in Nizhny Novgorod.
She is the first in a series of five dry cargo carriers under a trilateral contract signed in December 2016 with State Transport Leasing Company and Pola Rise shipping company.
Designed by Marine Engineering Bureau and Volga-Caspian Design Bureau, the five Project RSD59 vessels are all scheduled to be delivered during 2018.
The 140.8-metre by 16.9-metre vessels each have a total cargo capacity of 11,292 cubic metres in two holds.
The 7,535DWT design is classed KM Ice2 and has a 12-day endurance.
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