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Military engineers start construction of another ferry line to Crimea
ITAR-TASS ^ | 5-4-2014 | ITAR-TASS

Posted on 05/04/2014 1:21:07 PM PDT by tcrlaf

Engineering troops of Russian Armed Forces have launched construction of an additional ferry line between port Kavkaz in southern Russia’s Krasnodar territorial city of Temryuk and port Krym in the Russian Crimean port city of Kerch, the press service and information department of the Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

“Specialists are measuring the width, depth and speed of current in the Kerch Strait and expected areas of building a ferry line, are surveying the coastal line and are developing driveways and interchange ramps,” the press service noted.

Military divers are involved in ground engineering reconnaissance near the coastal line.

In the near future engineers will start unloading materials for a pontoon bridge which were brought on the Black Sea coast from Vladimir, Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd regions.

A new ferry line is expected to increase sharply transport and freight traffic to the Russian Republic of Crimea in vacational season. The ferry line will operate four ferryboats, each of them can traffic six KAMAZ heavy-duty trucks or more than 20 vehicles with a total of 180 tonnes of cargoes.

Along with a higher throughput capacity the ferry line “will become a good practical training to transfer units and special engineering machinery at larger distances,” the Defence Ministry’s press service and information department said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crimea; russia
The part about assembling a temporary pontoon bridge across the Kerch Straight is really interesting.

It would solve a lot of Crimea's current supply problems, allowing lighter vehicles to cross.

1 posted on 05/04/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

I have another dumb, as usual, question.

Won’t it need a drawbridge to allow shipping to pass through?

And since The Kerch Straight is less than ten miles wide and rather shallow: why not build a permanent bridge?

Okay...that’s two dumb questions...


2 posted on 05/04/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: tcrlaf

In lieu of building a permanent bridge across the Kerch Straits to connect Crimea to Russia proper.

That would help Russian tourists to drive there.


3 posted on 05/04/2014 1:30:25 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: tcrlaf

One of the differences between NATO/American forces and the Russian forces that the media never mentioned, during the Cold War, was how NATO was built on defense, and the Russian military was built on attack.

The Russians were built on a foundation of bridge building units and Airborne Divisions, and Armor.


4 posted on 05/04/2014 1:30:31 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: BenLurkin

It takes time to build a permanent bridge. That has already been fast-tracked by the Russian government but the summer tourist season will start soon.


5 posted on 05/04/2014 1:31:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: tcrlaf

I wonder what the design would look like. A basic pontoon bridge would block ship traffic through the strait. This must have an elevated or swinging component.


6 posted on 05/04/2014 1:34:12 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: BenLurkin

If (when?) Russia annexes a chunk of eastern Ukraine, they’ll have a ready-made land bridge to Crimea.


7 posted on 05/04/2014 1:38:03 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: BenLurkin

“Won’t it need a drawbridge to allow shipping to pass through?”

Pretty easy to rig a pass-through, I would think. Just move a few segments out of the way as you need to. Floating bridges aren’t anything new.

The approaches would be the tough part, I think.


8 posted on 05/04/2014 1:40:38 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Truth29

It’s worth noting that they are moving Pontoon components from all over Russia for this.


9 posted on 05/04/2014 1:42:50 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: tcrlaf
It’s worth noting that they are moving Pontoon components from all over Russia for this.

And that is all you need to know about the end game.

10 posted on 05/04/2014 1:48:04 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: tcrlaf
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"Is for making vacational season."

Right...summer tourists. Better book a hotel. Can I still get an ocean front?
11 posted on 05/04/2014 2:04:12 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: PowderMonkey

” a good practical training to transfer units and special engineering machinery at larger distances”


12 posted on 05/04/2014 2:24:25 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Par,
Just heard from a close friend that his wife’s grandson, who is in sniper training, just got the word that he’s being sent to the Ukraine within the next two months.


13 posted on 05/04/2014 3:17:44 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

There were joint exercises with the Ukraine planned for July well before this started. They were planned to be pretty small, hundreds of people, not thousands. I suspect that’s what this is about, not something new.


14 posted on 05/04/2014 4:17:21 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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