The Ro-Pax-type ferry vessel “Zarifa Aliyeva”, owned by the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO), arrived at the Kazakh port of Kuryk this morning, Report informs.
During the voyage, the ship carried 25 crew members, 43 passengers, 38 trucks, and 18 cars. The vessel will return with 25 crew members, 53 passengers, and 41 trucks.
The ferry is expected to leave for Baku in the evening and arrive in about 20-22 hours.
The vessel was launched with the participation of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
The unique ship with 30 permanent crew members is 154.50 meters long, 17.7 meters wide, and 7.5 meters high. At the moment, for its carrying capacity, the vessel is larger than other ferries in the Caspian Sea. The ferry can carry 100 passengers, 56 tanks, or 50 trucks/TIRs.
The ferry vessel is expected to make a significant contribution to expanding the transport of transit cargo across the Caspian Sea along the East-West transport corridor.