Russia and Syria work on joint shipping line
Russia and Syria are talking about the possibility of establishing a joint shipping line. The line's launch date will be calculated based on a detailed cargo base estimate.
The planning works will be finished in 2022, according to Georgy Muradov, Deputy Prime Minister of Crimea and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Crimea to the President of the Russian Federation.
Syria is expected to send two or three ships to the line, while Russia is still discussing whether to have its own ships or charter vessels with Syria's partners.
The line, according to Georgy Muradov, can transport fruit, nuts, olive oil, and phosphates from Syria, as well as metal, wheat, fish, and other goods from Russia.
Cargo turnover is expected to be 10 million tonnes per year. Dry bulk cargo carriers, containerships, and Ro-Ro ferries are all being considered.
The line will link Syria's Tartous and Latakia ports with Russia's Sevastopol, Feodosia, and Kerch ports. As of today, only about 20% of Crimea's ports are fully loaded.
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