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KHABAROVSK, October 20 (Itar-Tass) — A ceremony marking the laying down of the keel of a passenger high-speed hydrofoil boat that can carry 100 people has been held at the Khabarovsk shipbuilding yard on Thursday.
Khabarovsk Territory Governor Vyacheslav Shport, said at the ceremony, "The construction of pasenger boats becomes a new aspect of the enteprrise's work. Apart from this motorship, another two air-cushion ships designed to carry 50 and 30 passengers will be built in 2012".
"The enterprise has the reputation of a reliable manufacturer of ships both in our country and abroad" and the plant "by its potential can fill the most responsible orders placed by the country's navy and by civilian shipping companies", Shport emphasized.
A tugboat, intended for the Russian Navy, was launched in August this year. The keel of an azimuth seagoing tugboat for the Rosneft Company was laid down in September. Another two such ships are to be built in Khabarovsk.
The Governor expressed confidence that the shipbuilders will fill all the orders placed with them within the prescribed timeframe and with a high quality of work.
Two shipbuilding zones have been set up in Khabarovsk Territorty. Large-tonnage ships and boats will be built in Komsomolsk on Amur on the basis of the "Amur shipbuilding plant" public joint-stock company. A shipbuilding zone for the construction of small-tonnage craft has been established in Khabarovsk.