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The KAZACHSTAN, the fourth of the five Wärtsilä Turku built BELORUSSIJA-sisters, here visiting New York on the Hudon River off Manhattan. In summertimes 1975-mid 1980's they worked regularly on Odessa-Marseille and Odessa-Venezia lines, and during autumn, spring and wintertimes they performed international Cruises. The BELORUSSIJA class was born when Morflot engineers and Project committes watched the Royal Caribbean's new Viking Trio in Helsinki in early 1970's and told Wärtsilä: 'We want these ships also, but with a ro/ro cargo deck!'
· Date: Sun, 17 January 16 · Views: 185
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Keywords: KAZACHSTAN KAZAKHSTAN Morflot
Source of Image, If not your own: Postcard
Location photo was taken: New York Manhattan Hudson River, USA
Date photo was taken: Between 1977 and 1980
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poseidon9
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Sun, 17 January 16 11:48

Were these vessels actually ever used on regular basis for (ferry) activities, where cars were loaded and carried?
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Sun, 17 January 16 13:13

Oh yes - between 1975/76 and abt. 1984/88 they operated with cargo between Odessa on the lines to Alexandria(Egypt), to Venezia(Italy) and Marseille(France)via many Black Sea Mediterranean ports. However the demand for western currency to the USSR economy made them in the long run more profitable as pure Cruise ships, and from mid-1980's four of them and their ro/ro decks were built with passenger cabins. The first to be fully convrted was the KARELIYA which was rebuilt in Britain, I think in 1981/82, after some accident on board, so they rebuilt her at the same time. The BELORUSSIYA class was replaced on these ro/ro-carrying Black Sea and Mediterranean lines from Odessa by the DMITRIJ SHOSTAKOVITCH-class (Project B 492) from Szczecin in Poland with her sisterships LEV TOLSTOY, KONSTANTIN SIMONOV and MIKHAIL SUSLOV, all under the BLASCO house flag. The could take some 150 private cars on two car decks on board. Later in late 1980's they TOO got the same reconstruction at Lloyd Werft to more or less pure Cruise ships... In summertimes until the ending of the Union in late 1991 some ship of both these classes worked also for domestic tourists between Odessa via Crimea to Batumi in Georgia, this line ceased for ever in 1993 due to the civil war in Georgia when Abkhazia broke out from Georgia and still is a puppet state with no contacts whatsoever with Georgia, which claim Abkhazia as Georgian etc. So not so good surroundings for tourism and passenger coastal shipping any more. It's a pity, this line became very popular also among foreign tourists from 1960's till 1980's, a line which has lasted since the late 1800's, now spoiled by stupid nationalists.
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Sun, 17 January 16 13:19

Thanks for all the comprehensive answers in different threads. I have an old brochure for these vessels from the 1970s and inside they had the style, which was common those days especially in eastern Europe. Later they were of course turned more into typical contemporary cruise vessels.
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NAUCLER
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Sun, 17 January 16 17:21

I remember the showing tour on these ships on the Wärtsilä Turku shipyard, all designed with the very typical strong Finnish Marimekko colours and patterns of the 1970's, with green or red chairs, and orange sofas and brown carpets etc., so basic Scandinavian colour style of those times (all then changed under reconstructions in 1980's). I remember also wash basins on the BELORUSSIYA class in the WC:s were coloured, blue, or something like that.
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Mon, 18 January 16 07:39

did Odessa ever do the trip too?
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Mon, 18 January 16 08:20

What is a watermark doing on this postcard?
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Tue, 19 January 16 13:19

Sorry Bootsman, I chose the wrong scan in my archive...
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