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Ferry passenger numbers to Crimea predicted to double in 2015

The Kerch Strait, Crimea.
The Kerch Strait, Crimea. Image by Alexxx Malev / CC BY-SA 2.0

The number of passengers crossing the Kerch Strait by ferry to get to Crimea is predicted to double in 2015, according to Russia’s Ministry of Transport. In 2014 the ferries between Crimea and the Russian mainland carried 2.9 million passengers, nearly three times more than the year before, and ferry routes were increased from 18 to 50 daily. Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the ferry link is the only way of getting to the peninsula apart from air travel, as ground transport through Ukraine has been cut off. Read more: themoscowtimes.com