2017 April 12

(RF Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov - On development of maritime shipping )

- In the sea transport sector, we have also considerably increased freight transport. It is up by 7 percent and now comes to 720 million tonnes. This is the best result in this sector over recent years.

We have not neglected sea passenger transport though, and have opened sea passenger terminals for cruise ships in Murmansk, the Far East, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Our icebreaker fleet has modernised. We launched a new non-atomic icebreaker, the Viktor Chernomyrdin. It has power of 25 MW and is the biggest of its kind in the world. We also raised the flag on the 16 MW icebreaker Novorossiysk.

We restored the Khersones sailing ship that was abandoned in Crimea. It has taken part in regattas for the biggest sailing ships since then. The programme for fleet construction is going ahead practically entirely as planned.

Transcript from the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.