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Northwest Shipping Lines

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NORTHWEST SHIPPING LINES (NWS) (the central office is located at 37 Bolshaya Morskaya Street), open joint-stock company (since 1991), one of the largest enterprises of St. Petersburg transport sector and the system of Russian river transport. It provides transportation via inland river routes and sea routes of Northwest Region and ports of Europe, Africa and Asia. The Company was founded in 1923. During the Siege of 1941-44 the Shipping Lines personnel was mobilized, to evacuate Leningrad residents via Lake Ladoga and delivered food to Leningrad. NWS transport system consists of 14 affiliated enterprises, situated in Vologda Region and Novgorod Region. The length of the operating lines exceeds 10,000 km, including 5,000 km at sea. In 2003 the NWS included seven ports (two in St. Petersburg, four in the Leningrad Region, and one in Novgorod); three shipbuilding and repairing plants, repair and maintenance base, production and engineering office of navigation and communications, and the North-West Fleet Shipping Company. The NWS operates some 400 units of sea transport, of which 120 river-sea ships travel to foreign destinations, and 54 passenger motor vessels. In 2000-03 the NWS transported 13.5 million tons of cargo per year, including six million tons of export and import cargo. The NWS is the leading passenger carrier in the North-West Region, doing 1500 trips annually to Moscow, Belozersk, Kizhi, Valaam, Oreshek, and other destinations transporting a total of some 200,000 passengers, of which 160,000 are foreign tourists. The major river routes serviced by the NWS include the Neva River, Lake Ladoga, the Svir River, Lake Onega, all the way to the entrance into the Volga-Baltic Seaway.

A. P. Zhukovsky.

Bolshaya Morskaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 37

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