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Yakutia will renovate the fleet
Acting head of the Republic of Sakha Yegor Borisov, after Dmitry Medvedev signed an order to preserve Yakutia’s control over the stake in Lensky United River Shipping Company, the region will now begin to implement a fleet renovation program.
“Negotiations with the federal center were conducted for more than three years, they took place in difficult conditions, but in the end we managed to persuade Moscow not to sell the federal part of the shares, but to transfer it to Yakutia free of charge,” Yegor Borisov said during a press conference on June 10
“The fact is that the fleet of the Lena Shipping Company is unique, it includes vessels of the“ river-sea ”class, with the help of which the northern delivery is carried out,” recalled the acting head of Yakutia.
According to him, if the federal part of the shares went into private hands, then the entire fleet could be lost.
“We will develop our own shipbuilding on the basis of the Zhatay ship repair and shipbuilding plant. Now the state of this enterprise is very sad. But at this plant we will build new and reconstruct the existing vessels of the "river-sea" class. As you know, vessels operating in the Arctic, according to all requirements, must have a double bottom. The fleet renovation program will require large financial investments, and investors will have to be attracted, ”commented Yegor Borisov.