USC in talks to build container ships to operate in Caspian
ST. PETERSBURG. May 20 (Interfax) - United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is in talks with customers to build container ships at its shipyards, the Russian state company's CEO, Alexei Rakhmanov told reporters.
"There is such a need, there is such an in-demand item. Moreover, concrete negotiations are being held, and given that, roughly speaking, the whole fleet has been laid up, our portfolio of civilian shipbuilding orders has, if not tripled, significantly increased," Rakhmanov said.
He said USC is not holding negotiations with Rosatom for construction of container ships for the Northern Sea Route, since ships with capacity of about 5,000 TEU are needed for this project.
"In this case we're talking about supplying the North-South corridor for 314-340 boxes [containers], and in general we found that those who sell perishable goods, among others, have a huge interest in building and using refrigerated containers," Rakhmanov said.
"We now have to finish solving the tactical problem of large marine equipment and when we solve it we will then, accordingly, activate all of the shipbuilding slots the corporation has. In St. Petersburg and in Sevastopol and in Kronshtadt," Rakhmanov said when asked at which shipyards these orders might be placed.
He also said that Severnaya Verf will become one of the main shipyards for building large capacity vessels after its overhaul is completed.