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ST.PETERSBURG , July 4 (Itar-Tass) - The situation in respect to ageing of ships is the worst problem on the Russian cruise voyage market. The average age of pleasure boats used on Russian river routes is 40- 45 years.
Nonetheless, the accident rate on the Russian river transport dropped by 50 percent in 2012, the National Shipping Chamber said in its report to the 5th International Forum on sea tourism held in St.Petersburg. The main cause of the accidents was human error, rather than technical condition of a ship, it said.
State support is needed to renew the ageing fleet, said President of the National Shipping Chamber Alexei Klyavin. The cost of a comfortable four-decker is around 35 million euros, with around 30 years needed to reimburse the costs Klyavin said.
At present, Russia has 1,500 registered ships, including 144 cruise ships. Most of them have been used on river routes in the European part of the Russian Federation.
The main condition for the development of yacht and cruise voyage tourism in Russia is ensuring navigation safety, building new ships, modernization of the coastal infrastructure, the employment of new navigation systems and improvement of the ecological situation at river and sea ports,said participants in the Forum.