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Turkmenistan to Buy Ferries from Croatia

Saturday 21 July 2012

ASHGABAT (Trend News agency) – The Turkmen State Service for Maritime and River Transport plans to conclude a contract with Croatian company ULJANIK Brodogradiliste dd to construct and purchase two RoPax passenger car ferries, an official Turkmen source said on Saturday.

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Uljanik designs, constructs and builds all types of ships: ships for transportation of oil and oil products, bulk cargoes, containers, trucks, rail-carriages, cars, passengers…

The contract is the outcome of the Turkmen government delegation’s recent working visit to Croatia which included ULJANIK shipyard in Pula.

Sea transportation is becoming increasingly important in the country’s foreign and economic relations. At the moment, the Turkmen merchant marine fleet has nine vessels, of which four cargo ships with a total capacity exceeding 13,000 tons and five river-sea tankers with a total capacity of 23,600 tons. The cargo is handled at the berths of the Caspian harbour through which the country receives industrial and agricultural equipment, automotive equipment, metal products, wood products and mineral fertilisers are exported. Main shipping lines cross the Caspian to Astrakhan in Russia and Baku in Azerbaijan. Smaller Caspian ports are Alaja, Chekelen, and Ekarem. Plans call for expansion of Ekarem into a second major Caspian port.

The main port at Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea is being renovated intended to become a major hub of international transit transport communications passing through Turkmenistan. Among the priorities are the construction of new marine terminals with multi-purpose berths able to accommodate vessels of any type and capacity and accordingly stores for processing and storage of goods in transit and the execution of export-import operations equipped with powerful loading and unloading equipment.

Project interventions will include civil works for reconstruction of the rail ferry terminal as well as acquisition of new tugboats and vessels needed to improve collection of waste water and solid waste from ships as well as the provision of oil-spill response equipment. Ferry terminal reconstruction will carry moderate and manageable environmental risks typical for this type of civil works. Increased capacity for collecting wastewater, solid waste, and spilled oil will necessitate work on on-shore facilities needed manage such waste. OP 4.01, on Environmental Assessment, is triggered. An Environmental Assessment will be carried out; an Environmental Management Plan will be prepared before appraisal.

Comprehensive upgrade of the Turkmenbashi Port is a broad task outlined in the existing long term plan for its development. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a decree to carry out the transport and communication complex development programme in 2012-2016 and the general development plan of the Turkmenbashi international seaport and national merchant marine fleet before 2020.

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