Moscow Canal gateways to open on April 24 for transit of vessels
On April 24 2015 Moscow Canal will open its gateways for transit of ships. So, navigation through the canal starts as of 09:00 (GMT), the canal managing company said.
According to Rosmorrechflot's order dated 12.26.14 (No AD-484-r) Moscow Canal gateways: Uglich, Gateways numbers 1-9, Gateway No10, gateways of Moskvoretskaya systems, gateways Beloomut and Kuzminskaya will be open.
Rybinsk locks open for the passage of ships as of 09:00 (GMT), 25 April.
Navigation aids have been installed on the city lock pool from the Novinky creek up to the Kiev railway station and on 9 April dredging of the fairway was completed. From April 20, aids to navigation were deployed on inland waterways stretch of Oka from Kaluga to the settlement of Shurovo.
Since April 24, ATONs will be deployed on the Volga from Tver to Kolkhoznik, on Oka stretch from Schurovo up to Seima Canal, the Moskva river from locks No 10 to the mouth and locks № 9 up to Krasnogorsk on the Moscow Canal. From April 25 - on the Rybinsk Reservoir.
As of 22 April 2015 there are signs of ice cover destruction on the Rybinsk Reservoir.
Ivankovskoe Reservoir and the Moscow Canal's headwater watershed reservoirs are all clear clean up their sleeves. Klyasminskoye and Pestovskoye reservoirs are still covered. The Oka and Moskva rivers are clear.
Moscow Canal was constructed in 1932-1937 to connect the Moskva River and the Volga River (former name Moskva-Volga Canal) to ensure navigation between the regions and for water supply.
State-owned FSUE "Moscow Canal" is the largest water transport and water sector facility and acts as a public administration body for management of inland waterways in 12 regions of Central Russia. FSUE "Moscow Canal" pumps annually more than 1.5 billion cbm of water, of which 700 million cbm as water supply for the population and businesses, which account for more than 60% of the total water consumption of Moscow. Over 500 million cbm utilized for sanitary flooding of the rivers of Moskva and Yauza and about 150 million cbm of water used for navigation purposes.