A contract worth 132 million manats ($80 million) was signed in Baku on October 26 for construction of two new unique Ro-Pax (roll-on/roll-off passenger) ferries.
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 and will have 100 passenger seats.
The ferries will be built at Baku Shipyard LLC upon the order of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company. The project’s designer is Ukraine’s Marine Engineering Bureau.
The contract was signed by Head of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company Rauf Valiyev and General Manager of Baku Shipyard Khee Chong Lam.
Currently, Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company has 13 ferries, two of which are Ro-Ro type ferries. Seven of those ferries can carry up to 28 cars, while other six ferries can carry 52-54 cars.