The volume of investments in the creation of a national ferry operator will be 8.4 billion rubles. The main pool of money will be used to purchase an ice-class ferry vessel. About 600 million rubles out of the total amount is ready to invest the passenger port of St. Petersburg "Marine Facade", 100% owned by Smolny. In addition, the company is looking for a partner ready to invest in the project. Start the work of the ferry operator, as previously reported, is planned with the start of navigation in 2019.
The volume of investments in the creation of a national ferry operator and the purchase of an ice-class vessel (it will cruise the Baltic Sea) is estimated at about 8.4 billion rubles, the General Director of the passenger port of St. Petersburg "Marine Facade" Vadim Kashirin said yesterday. According to him, now is the development of the financial model of the project, working out various options for the operation of the vessel: bareboat charter, leasing or lease.
"A ship operator will be created. For these purposes, the port "Marine Facade" is ready to invest about 600 million rubles. These are the means that we have put into the budget for the creation of the operator company itself. In addition, the company is looking for an investor company that will also invest in the project or "enter the boat," commented Mr. Kashirin. "We are negotiating with a wide range of potential investors, both Russian and foreign companies are considered." The business model will become clear by the middle of 2018. Previously, the media reported that the potential interest in this topic was shown by Sberbank and VTB. In January 2018, the authorities of the Kaliningrad region announced their desire to participate in the project, which could potentially act as co-founder of the ferry operator.
As previously reported to Kommersant, the new regional ferry operator, which Smolny plans to create with the help of investment funds, will begin to run across the Baltic Sea in the 2019 season (see "Kommersant" on January 25, 2013). Yesterday Vadim Kashirin said that while these plans remain in force. Initially, the ferry line will connect the passenger port of St. Petersburg "Marine Facade" and the ports of Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn. And after the terminal is put into operation in the port of Pionersky, it is planned to make ship calls to Kaliningrad.