ASTANA – On June 3, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Express and Croatian shipyard ULJANIK signed a shipbuilding contract for the construction of one wagon carrier with a total bearing capacity of 54 wagons, reported the press service of KZT.
The 155-metre-long and 17.5-metre-wide ship will be driven by two diesel engines enabling the ship to reach a sailing speed of 14.5 knots. According to the contract, delivery time is scheduled for the end of 2017. The document was signed by KTZ President Askar Mamin and General Director of ULJANIK Gianni Rossanda. President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović as well as Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Croatia Aslan Mussin attended the signing ceremony which took place at the presidential palace in Zagreb.
“Kazakhstan is an important part of the global market with great potential for mutually beneficial cooperation,” the Croatian partner of KTZ emphasised and noted that the company will supply ferries as well as carry out the transfer of technology to work further in the field of shipbuilding.
KTZ takes an active part in the implementation of the Nurly Zhol programme to develop transit and transport and logistics infrastructure in Kazakhstan. Products of the company contribute to an increase in transit traffic through the territory of the country and the provision of multi-modal transportation.
In addition, KTZ intends to proceed with the construction of a ferry complex in Kuryk to increase the transportation of goods to other ferry complexes in the ports of Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Iran.
“The company has close ties with partners from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and China to increase traffic on the Trans-Caspian international transport route. Development of this corridor will ensure the efficiency of logistics and growth in international trade. In order to achieve these goals we need modern ferries,” Mamin said at the event.