Azerbaijan's Khojaly vessel commissioned - VİDEO

Politics 16:00 27.05.2024

Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) welcomed the first Handysize type vessel into its ranks, Ednews informs.

Thuswise, ASCO entered a new segment of dry cargo transportation. According to the order of President Ilham Aliyev name of Azerbaijan’s historical land Khojaly was given to the vessel.

To the sounds of the national anthem in the People's Republic of China, the tricolor State Flag of Azerbaijan was hoisted aboard the vessel marking the official commencement of operations for “Khojaly”.

Acquisition of “Khojaly” falls within the Strategic Development Program of the Shipping Company, which was adopted in accordance with the tasks and recommendations of President Ilham Aliyev and approved by ASCO's Supervisory Board. The program holds a special focus on expanding the geographic scope of national shipping beyond the Caspian Sea, increasing cargo transportation capacity in international waters, and financing investment activities related to acquiring larger vessels for cargo transportation in foreign waters.

The path forward carried out in this direction is the cooperation of ASCO with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to finance dry cargo “Handysize” type vessel purchase project. Considering the corporate governance and accountability system established at ASCO in accordance with international principles, ensuring transparency of operations and sound financial position, the Bank decided to finance the project without a government guarantee. Thus, 70% of the financing for the purchase of the vessel was facilitated through the loan provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and 30% by ASCO's internal resources.

The carrying capacity of the “Khojaly” vessel is 38,593 tons. This is approximately 8 times greater than the carrying capacity of existing ASCO bulk carriers. The length of the vessel is 180 meters, width 30 meters, side height 15 meters, draft 10.47 meters, maximum speed 15.7 meters. With its maximum lifting capacity, its waterline allows it to easily enter many shallow water harbors.

The first voyage of the “Khojaly” vessel after loading is from Bakpyeon port in South Korea to Portland port in the United States of America. Thus, “Khojaly” will become the first vessel to enter American waters under the flag of independent Azerbaijan.


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