Transit of vessels along Kerch-Yenikalsky Canal in January-May grew by 19.2 % to 11,702 units (photo)
In January-May 2018, transit of vessels along the Kerch-Yenikalsky Canal totaled 11,702 units, up 19.2 %, year-on-year, says press center of Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot).
The number of vessels sailing from the Azov Sea to the Black Sea in the 5-month period totaled 5,946 units, from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea – 5,756 vessels. The traffic is regulated by the Kerch department of Rosmorport’s Crimean Branch.
The number of vessels sailing along the Taman Waterway under the regulation of the Taman department of Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea Branch grew by 9% to 6,906 units.
All in all, Vessel Traffic Management Services management system supervised the passage of more than 18,600 vessels on different waterways of the Kerch Strait water area. The traffic has thus grew by 15%, year-on-year.
The Kerch-Yenikalsky canal is a navigational route between the Azov and Black seas. Russian ports in the Azov Sea: Taganrog, Temryuk, Kavkaz, Yeisk, Azov, Rostov-on-Don; Ukrainian ports – Mariupol and Berdyansk. The canal is 120 meters long with design depth of 9.35 m. According to the regulations, navigation through the canal is allowed for vessels with length not exceeding 252 m and draft of 8 m maximum.
Minimal depth of the Taman Waterway is between 3 and 4.5 meters.