Media: in Russia for the first time in 60 years intend to build cruise ships

MOSCOW, January 25. The Ministry of industry and trade expects to lay this year for the first time in 60 years – cruise ships of the project PV300VD, the newspaper “Vedomosti”, with reference to the press service of the Ministry. Ships with a length of 141 m, width to 16.82 m and a capacity of 306 passengers will be operated on the line St. Petersburg – Moscow, Rostov-on-don – Moscow with access to the ports of the Crimea. The newspaper’s sources said that it is about 1-3 such courts.

According to the publication, project vessels PV300VD can be ordered shipbuilding plant “Lotus”, “Red Sormovo” (part of United shipbuilding Corporation, USC) and Kerch “the Bay”. Prospective customers of the company “Mosturflot” (enters in GK “Sea and river shipping company”, MCI), “Vodohod” and “Orthodox”.

“The construction of one vessel will take up to three years and will cost in the 2.4-2.5 billion rubles, the payback Period of the ship – more than 20 years, – the newspaper quotes the Deputy Director General of “Vodochody” Andrei Smolin. – No private company is responsible for such a project to take on. We are discussing the terms of project financing, we are waiting for concrete offers”.

According to the newspaper, the Ministry proposes an option of the leasing company funds are allocated under 2/3 of the refinancing rate of the Central Bank, the rate the leasing company is 1% per annum, and the shipping company subsidized 2/3 of the total rate on the lease agreement. From 2017 it is possible to get a 10% discount when you scrapped the old ship.

With this option disagree statements. “Banks are financing the leasing of a maximum of 15 years. We request to extend the period up to 25-30 years, – said General Director Konstantin Anisimov MCI. – May be another option: the operator receives a vessel on operational lease of 20 years, and then returns it to state – owned VEB structure or USC. But it has not yet come”.

The representatives of cruise companies recalled that the Soviet shipbuilding industry was focused on military and fishing fleet, cruise ships in the USSR was built only two in 1957. Therefore, cruise ships of the USSR bought in Europe. Now in Russia there are about hundreds of passenger ships, but half is on the verge of wear and tear, because of this fleet has declined each year by about 10%.

“The court in Europe were built specifically for the USSR. Our river system is deeper, the waves above needs a lot of sediment. So we can’t buy used ships in Europe – have or build new, or upgrade built for the USSR”, says Smolin.