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Ukraine-based Nibulon has launched its first non-self-propelled vessel, which is designed to operate on shallow rivers, at its shipbuilding and repair yard.

The 90m-long and 16m-wide vessel is part of the company’s NBL-91 project, which aims to promoting the implementation of its investment programme to develop a new logistics system in the Ukraine.

With a displacement of 3,750t, the new vessel will have a cargo hold capacity of 5,050m³.

The vessel will receive outfitting works, including the installation of the hatch covers after it moves from the slipway to the pier.

As part of the NBL-91 project, Nibulon is planning to build 12 non-self-propelled vessels with the total deadweight of 36,000t. Currently, two non-self-propelled vessels are under construction at its yard.

The company stated that the construction of NBL-91 project vessels involved the participation of 340 Ukrainian shipbuilders.

"Today Nibulon is doing a lot to develop shipbuilding that helps both the country and people."

Nibulon vessel assembler Igor Sheremeta said: "It is very pleasant to realise that you have put your whole soul into important work.

"Today Nibulon is doing a lot to develop shipbuilding that helps both the country and people."

Nibulon’s NBL-91 project is also designed to revive navigation along the Southern Bug, where the average depth is 1.65m and in some areas up to 1m.

The company said it is planning to enhance the navigation and passenger transportation along this river.


Image: Nibulon’s new non-self-propelled vessel will have a cargo hold capacity of 5,050m³. Photo: courtesy of Nibulon.