Shipbuilding contract for the construction and sale of two units of Car, Railway and Passenger Ferries was signed between Baku Shipyard LLC and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC on 26 October 2016.
The ferries will be built at Baku Shipyard LLC by the order of the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC. The project’s designer is Ukraine’s Marine Engineering Bureau. The contract was signed by the Chairman of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping CJSC Rauf Valiyev and the General Manager of Baku Shipyard Khee Chong Lam. The signing ceremony was attended by Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev, Head of State Maritime Administration Gudrat Gurbanov, representatives of Marine Engineering Bureau and Baku Shipyard, as well as by Rovnag Abdullayev, president of Azerbaijan’s State Oil Company SOCAR, which owns a controlling share in the shipbuilding plant.
The ferry is designed for freight and passenger traffic. The vessel with deadweight of 5,540 tons will be able to carry up to 56 tanks / 46 gondola cars /44 freight cars / 50 trucks or combination thereof and will have 100 passenger seats. The construction of the new ferries will take from two to three years.