The joint-stock shipping company “VARNAFERRY” OOD has been established with the view to provide ferryboat carriage on the line Varna-Kavkaz. By running the ferryboat “Varna”, it is our obligation, as a Bulgarian marine carrier, according to the the Bulgaria-Russian agreement to organization the ferry service between port of Varna and port Kavkaz.
This ferry-line has been officially opened up on 03.03.2009 and it is the first direct transport line between Bulgaria and Russia. It saves the distance up to 800 km between the two countries. As a direct transport connection, it gives priority to the business and provides opportunity for sparing financial means and transit fees.
Varna Ferry Complex is situated at the west coast of Beloslav lake by 30 km from Varna and it is only place in the Black Sea region with possibility to changethe rail car bogies from European (1435mm) to Russian standard (1520mm) wheel-gauge. This is a unique advantage of this terminal offering one of the shortest and cheapest routs for the cargo traffic between Europe and Asia.
The ferry terminal Varna has two shipping places at its disposal which are equipped with lifting bridges having 5 tracks in one wheel-gauge (1520 mm). The complex offers the following services:
Reloading of wagons, trucks and other kind of cargo from/to vessel.
Reloading of wagons according to the different technologies: wagon-wagon, lorry-wagon, ramp–wagon, wagon-ramp.
Processing transportashion documents and making contact with borther with border, customs, sanitary and other authorities, according to the regulatrion in force.
Ensuring the storage of cargo in customs-registered warehouses.
Composing and de-composing trains for and from the Bulgarian railway network.
Repairs without withdrawing wagons from the composition – property of foreign railway operators and repair of bogies for the 1435 mm gauge.
The ferryboat vessel “Varna” will be able to carry 42 railwagons /50 cisterns on an upper deck and 24 heavy-trucks on a lower deck. On average the line will service once a week. Ships will be cover the distance between the two ports for 36 hours.