Baku Shipyard launches first homemade shipping vessels
The first oil tanker “Lachin” was built by local specialists on the design of the Odessa Bureau of Marine Engineering.
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended a ceremony to launch the first tanker built at Baku Shipyard on the order of the Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Shipping Closed Joint-Stock Company and the commissioning of “Azerbaijan” ferry boat.
“[This is] a Volga-Don MAX project. It is a tanker that is able to cross the Volga-Don River and has a maximum carrying capacity. Unlike others, it has the capacity to pass over this canal with a load capacity of more than 4-5 thousand tons with a maximum load of 5,600 tons,” the chairman stated.
The crude oil tanker was named “Lachin” in honor of a region located around the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. Both Nagorno-Karabakh region and Lachin district, along with six other districts of the country, were occupied by Armenia during a full-scale war that lasted from 1991 until a ceasefire deal in 1994.
A ferry vessel named “Azerbaijan” was also launched. As a roll on-roll off and passenger ferry, it can carry 50 railway cars, 50 TIR trucks and 100 passengers. The state-of-the-art boat was designed based on a project provided by Ukraine’s Odesa Marine Engineering Bureau and is available primarily for short international voyages.
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