Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev took part in the launch ceremony of the first high-speed hydrofoil passenger vessel "Kometa", which will run along the route Sevastopol-Yalta.
The head of the government was welcomed at the Sevastopol Maritime Station by the Head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov, the governor of the city Dmitry Ovsyannikov, representatives of the Kalashnikov concern and the "Vympel" shipyard . Medvedev performed the old sea ritual - hitting the bell twice - and then boarded the new ship.
The first commercial trip of the new "Kometa", which was constructed in Sevastopol and tested in the Black Sea, will be made on August, 1 on the route Sevastopol - Yalta. "Kometa 120M" is intended for high-speed transportations of passengers. The vessel has a capacity of 120 passengers in two lounges: main for 95 people and a luxury lounge for 25 people. The crew consists of 5 people. The speed of the vessel on hydrofoils is 35 knots (about 65 km/h).
The general director of the government corporation "Rostekh" Sergey Chemezov commented on the launch of "Kometa": "This is a serious step to improving the tourist attractiveness of the Crimea. And this is only the beginning, because hydrofoil ships have always been an important part of the transport system of our country. The Soviet Union was the world leader in the production of this type of transport, which was also exported. We associate great prospects with the revival of this production. Of course, there will be demand for new "Kometa" ships not only on the Russian market, but also abroad."