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Turkmenistan to buy ferries in Croatia

Business Materials 21 July 2012 14:07 (UTC +04:00)
The Turkmen State Service for Maritime and River Transport plans to conclude a contract with Croatian company ULJANIK Brodogradiliste dd to construct and purchase two RoPax passenger car ferries, an official Turkmen source said on Saturday.
Turkmenistan to buy ferries in Croatia

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 21 / Trend H. Hasanov /

The Turkmen State Service for Maritime and River Transport plans to conclude a contract with Croatian company ULJANIK Brodogradiliste dd to construct and purchase two RoPax passenger car ferries, an official Turkmen source said on Saturday.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a relevant decree to implement the transport and communication complex development programme in 2012-2016 and the general development plan of the Turkmenbashi international seaport and national merchant marine fleet until 2020.

The contract was the result of the Turkmen government delegation's recent working visit to Croatia. It visited ULJANIK shipyard in Pula.

At present, the Turkmen merchant marine fleet has nine vessels, of which four cargo ships with a total capacity exceeding 13,000 tons and five "river-sea" tankers with a total capacity of 23,600 tons.

Turkmenistan pans to modernize the Turkmenbashi international sea port in the Caspian Sea, designed to become a major hub of international transit transport communications passing through Turkmenistan.

According to the experts, full-scale reconstruction of the Turkmenbashi sea port will require investments worth several billion U.S. dollars.

Dozens of foreign companies expressed their desire to participate in the modernisation of the harbour in the city of Turkmenbashi. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency showed interest in this project. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has already signed a memorandum of understanding with the government on the modernisation of the port city of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea.

Among the priorities are the construction of new marine terminals with multi-purpose berths able to accommodate vessels of any type and capacity and accordingly stores for processing and storage of goods in transit and the execution of export-import operations equipped with powerful loading and unloading equipment.

Sea transportation is becoming increasingly important in the country's foreign and economic relations. The volume of cargo handled at the berths of the Caspian harbour through which the country receives industrial and agricultural equipment, automotive equipment, metal products, wood products and mineral fertilisers are sent abroad.

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