Kazakhstan to build river-maritime tankers

Dec 28, 1998 01:00 AM

Kazakhstan plans to build its own fleet of oil tankers.
The government has issued a resolution ordering the creation a national sea shipping line Kazmortransflot in order to ensure effective operation of the sea port of Aktau on the eastern coast of the Caspian Sea. After modernisation, which is now under way, the port will be able to ship not less than 6 mm tonnes of hydrocarbons.
Head of the department of water transport of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Nikolai Yudin, told that the country plans to buy river-maritime vessels abroad.

The government will allocate $ 94 mm to this end. It has already received several interesting proposals from Brazil, Romania and Russia. However, Kazakhstan can launch the construction of ships at the defence plant Zenit in Uralsk at relatively low costs.
The future ships will sail along the following route: the Volga, the Volga-Don Channel, the Black Sea, the Bosporus Strait, and the Mediterranean Sea.
A corresponding agreement withthe Russian Federation is now being prepared for signing.

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