Kometa 120M craft were the first passenger vessels built at the Vympel shipyard in Rybinsk. After launch, Kometa travelled to Crimea for tests on the Black Sea.
High-Speed Maritime Passenger Transportation company, a subsidiary of the Vympel shipyard, will operate the routes. “Five more Kometas are to be built in the near future; the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia has supported us in our plans. We plan to deliver a total of 20 craft to the Black Sea. By 2025, the range of non-military products in our commission portfolio should reach 30%”, said Oleg Belkov, General Director of Vympel Shipyard JSC.
High-speed hydrofoils ran between Crimea’s ports in the 1980s. Passenger transport stopped in the early 1990s owing to the economic crisis following the collapse of the USSR.
Reinstating maritime transport routes is an important part of developing tourism in Crimea. This summer, on instructions from Russia’s President Putin, a Sochi-Novorossiysk-Yalta-Sevastopol-Sochi sea cruise route was launched. The nine-deck Knyaz Vladimir, with a capacity of up to 800 passengers, covers the route in a week.