Volga shipping company is preparing for the spring navigation. 200 vessels are now undergoing scheduled maintenance. A month later they set sail. Bulk carriers are there in the river, and the Azov sea every year, transporting millions of tons of cargo. While river transport is the most environmentally friendly.
The Volga river is still iced up. In places its thickness is more than half, but the preparation for the navigation is in full swing. The plant in the suburb of Nizhniy Novgorod repaired 10 vessels. The bulk carriers "Volgo-don", like giant millipedes, stood on the stocks. The base and the body first to clean off the rust and checked for defects.
Dry cargo ship "Volgo-don", or project 507, one of the most mass Soviet river ships. Built in the Nizhny Novgorod region since the beginning of 60-ies. All vessels should leave the factory by the beginning of navigation on the Upper Volga. In 2017 promise the normal water level in the Gorodets waterworks. Court because of shallow water often get damage to the hull and screws. Vessels of the Volga shipping company walk from the Neva river and lake Ladoga to the mouth of the Volga river and the Azov sea. In 2016 the oldest shipping company of Russia carried 5 million tons of cargo - grain, coal, ore.
The only disadvantage is the seasonality. Date of opening of navigation is not definitely determined. As soon as the ice of the Volga river will go dry cargo needs to go swimming.