Beloomutsky lock put into operation on the Oka river (photo)
On 9 November 2017, ceremonial opening of the Beloomutsky lock on the Oka river was held by Victor Olersky, Deputy Minister of Transport – Head of the Federal Marine and River Transport Agency. The first ship which passed the lock, a part of the Beloomut hydrosystem, was M/V Puteisky-28.
When speaking at the ceremony Victor Olersky emphasized the significance of the facility. According to him, with modernization of the waterways infrastructure, river transport will be able to compete with road transport when it comes to heavy cargo. Shifting of this cargo to waterways is a priority set by RF Government for the transport sphere.
Besides, renovation of inland water ways in the European part of Russia will give an impetus to economic development of the regions with the development of cruise programmes, emphasized the official.
When the Beloomut hydrosystem is put into operation it will let large cargo and passenger ships move both northwards and towards he Azov, Caspian and Black Seas.
Previous modernization of the Beloomut hydrosystem was completed in 1915.
The length of the new facility’s chamber is 276 m, width - 18 m.
The project of Beloomut hydrosystem being built under the subprogramme “Inland Water Transport” of the Federal Targeted Programme “Development of Russia’s Transport System in 2010-2020) was developed by CJSC Aquatic. General contractor – ReGiUsStroi LLC. Metal structures for a new hydraulic engineering system are supplied by Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant PJSC.
RUB 5.54 bln contract on building the hydrosystem was signed in October 2015. Under the contract, the project is to be completed in January 2019.
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