Kazakhstan develops dry cargo fleet
A new ship joined the Kazakhstan Navy. The ceremony of launching a cargo ship "Zhibek Zholy" with the capacity of more than 7,000 tons was held in the Russian city of Shlisselburg. The project was realized on the Nevsky Shipyard within the order of ‘KTZ Express Shipping’ and implemented with the support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
A unique feature of this ship is a large average hold with the length of 52 meters. It allows carrying oversized project cargo. In addition, such a vessel can autonomously be in the sea up to 20 days. After the launch, the cargo ship "Zhibek Zholy" will undergo the mooring test, and then swim along the Neva across the Volga River to the Caspian Sea, and by the end of the year the ship will arrive in its home port of Aktau.
Andrei KAZAKOV, DEPUTY CHIEF BUILDER:
This is one of the best ships in its class. The ship will be near the shore and the entire complex of tests of all the equipment that is installed on can be carried out. It will take three to four weeks, and then the ship will set off to sea trials in Lake Ladoga.
Viktor OLERSKIY, DEPUTY MINISTER OF TRANSPORT OF RUSSIA:
In terms of transit potential, the main cargo comes in South-East Asia, and location of Kazakhstan it is unprecedented, it is located between Europe and Asia. Close cooperation will allow intercepting large cargo.
Several years ago, the Kazakhstani Company has already bought from Russian partners two ships with capacity of 5,000 tons, and it made possible to cover 15% of the volume of traffic through the port of Aktau. Construction of new vessels for the Kazakhstan fleet is one of the ways to improve the efficiency of trans-Caspian freight traffic.
Askar MAMIN, PRESIDENT, KAZAKHSTAN NATIONAL RAILWAY OPERATOR JSC:
As part of the infrastructure development program Nurly Zhol on the task of Kazakh President, presently large-scale modernization of transport assets is under way. It includes the renovation and construction of roads, construction of new railways, airport infrastructure. Today, we are building up our capacities in the Caspian Sea. Today's event is very important from the point of view of the development of our naval competencies in the Caspian Sea.
According to Kazakhstan's development strategy, by 2020 the country should have a fleet of 20 cargo ships. This will provide more than half of transportations in the Caspian Sea through the port of Aktau. By the end of the year Kazakhstan’s fleet will be replenished with another dry cargo ship from Schlisselburg ‘Atameken’.