Unique Ro-Pax ferries to be built in Azerbaijan (PHOTO)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26
By Maksim Tsurkov – Trend:
A contract worth 132 million manats has been signed in Azerbaijan for construction of two new unique Ro-Pax (roll-on/roll-off passenger) ferries.
The ferries will be built at Baku Shipyard LLC by the order of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC. The project’s designer is Ukraine’s Marine Engineering Bureau.
The contract was signed by the Head of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC Rauf Valiyev and General Manager of Baku Shipyard Khee Chong Lam.
The signing ceremony was attended by Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev, Head of State Maritime Administration Gudrat Gurbanov, representatives of Marine Engineering Bureau and Baku Shipyard, as well as by Rovnag Abdullayev, president of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR, which owns a controlling share in the shipbuilding plant.
The ferry is designed for freight and passenger traffic. The vessel with deadweight of 5,540 tons will be able to carry up to 56 tanks, 46 gondola cars, 44 freight cars, 50 trucks and will have 100 passenger seats.
Currently, Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC has 13 ferries, two of which are RO-RO type ferries. Seven of those ferries can carry up to 28 cars, while other six ferries can carry 52-54 cars.
Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev told reporters that the construction of the new ferries will take two to three years.
Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC is the customer, but, a part of expenses for the construction will be covered by the government, added the minister.
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