YAKUTSK, 14 MAY 2014 — River navigation has started in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) 10 days earlier than expected. Today the first cargo ship arrived in Yakutsk River Port that plans to handle 750 ton.
This year’s river navigation start is the most earliest for last decades in Yakutia.
«The earliest navigation gives us more time for delivering essential cargos to remote places,» said Yakutia’s Prime Minister Deputy Anatoly Skrybykin. «Though there is a high chance of low waters in the upper part of the Lena River. It makes us worry. Last year’s situation — navigation in the Arctic rivers stopped — might be repeated.»
In the Arctic area navigation lasts from July 20th till the middle of September. As Nothern rivers of Yakutia got shallow, Arctic districts’ authority failed to deliver the planned amount of provisions for the upcoming winter. To resolve the provision lackage, air planes were used, that is the most expensive option.
This year won’t be different in terms of cargo delivery schedule. May — June is the period of navigation on rivers in the southern and central part of the republic. The end of July, August and the 1st half of September for Arctic rivers navigation.
670 ships will be used in 2014, confirms Yakutia’s Transport Minister Deputy.