Russia’s inland waterways Moscow basin ready to open for navigation as of April 24
Navigation within the Moscow Basin of Inland Waterways of Russia (IWWs) will begin on April 24, 2019, the Moscow Canal press office said.
The authority said all water development facilities are ready for new inland traffic season.
The Moscow Canal authority managed maintenance and rehabilitation at 25 hydro-engineering facilities of the river artery.
Besides, new aids to navigation were deployed ahead of the new season, a total of 3,500 navigation marks: 1,400 onshore and 2,100 floating ones. By the opening of the navigation, the aiming masts were repaired, the lighting-signaling equipment and wiring of coastal signs were changed, and the floating signs were updated.
Moscow Canal was constructed in 1932-1937 to connect the Moskva River and the Volga River (former name Moskva-Volga Canal) to ensure navigation between the regions and for water supply. State-owned FSUE Moscow Canal is the largest water transport and inland shipping sector facility and acts as a public administration body for management of inland waterways in 12 regions of Central Russia. The authority manages and operates 235 hydraulic engineering facilities and 3842 km of inland waterways.