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The volume of passenger shipping between Sakhalin and the Kuriles increased by 24%
Passenger sea transport between Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands in the first half of 2014 increased by 24 percent over the same period last year, Deputy Minister of Transport and Road Sakhalin Region Gennady Kotlikov said at a briefing.
If in January-June 2013 11026 people were transported, then this year it is already 13667. The increase is associated with an increase in the number of tourists wishing to visit the Kuril Islands, as well as an increase in the mobility of the islanders themselves. But the main role was played by the improvement of transport communication with the Kuril Islands, which was due to the entry of the motor ship "Polaris" into the line. It was acquired by the Government of the Sakhalin Oblast in 2013. And today, freight and passenger traffic between Sakhalin and the Kuriles is carried out by two ice-class motor ships - "Igor Farkhutdinov" and "Polaris". They are 80-90 percent loaded on each flight.
Another ship, the Gipanis, links the Northern Kuriles and the Kamchatka Territory. Its passenger turnover in the first half of the year was 1,7 thousand people, the increase was 200 people compared to the same period last year.