Azerbaijan's Baku Shipyard has received order for two new Ro-Pax (roll-on/roll-off passenger) ferries and started construction, Trend reported. Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev said that the yard has planned to complete the construction of the ferries by the end of 2018. The project will be implemented under state support, he said adding that about 30 percent of the funds for the construction of these ferries will be provided at the expense of the state. According to him, these vessels will serve the development of the Azerbaijani economy and increase its competitiveness.
"As you know, Azerbaijan is completing the construction of the most modern port in the Caspian basin, the first stage of construction has been completed, and the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line is being completed," the minister said.Ro-Pax ferries are designed for freight and passenger transport. The vessel with a deadweight of 5540 tons will be able to load on board up to 56 tanks (12 meters), 46 open wagons (13.9 meters), 44 freight cars (14.7 meters), 50 trucks, and 100 passenger seats .