Vanino-Kholmsk ferry service to get two new vessels by 2020 – Sakhalin authorities
Two ferries under construction at Amursky shipyard (Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk Territory) from summer 2017 are to be put into operation in late 2019 – early 2020. According to the press center of the Sakhalin Region Government, the ferries intended for the Vanino-Kholmsk ferry service linking Sakhalin and the Khabarovsk Territory will cost about RUB 10 billion.
“The process has entered the phase when the shape of the future vessels is seen. As of 1 September 2018, 134 sections of the first hull’s 170 sections have been completed”, says the statement.
Sergei Sadovnikov, Minister of Transport and Road Facilities of the Sakhalin Region, says the ferries will be 131 meters long and more than 20 meters wide. The ferries will feature high cargo capacity. Each of them will be able to accommodate 26 railcars, 39 tractor-trailor units, 28 passenger cars and 200 passengers.
The ships of Arc5 class will have a cruising range of 1,500 miles and maximum speed of 18 knots.
Only three of ten vessels operate on the Vanino-Kholmsk route today. The ships built in the second half of the XX century are nearing the end of their useful life.
The new ships will be able to carry both passengers and freight including dangerous cargo. The ferries are being built under the federal targeted programme “Economic and social development of the Far East and Baikal Regions” to the order of Federal Marine and River Transport Agency (Rosmorrechflot).
According to the statement, a voyage on Vanino-Kholmsk-Vanino route will take 24 hours.
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