History of the tanker

This vessel was one of the largest and most modern tankers of its time. Sailing through the waters of the Caspian Sea, the Surakhany ship played an important role in the history of Azerbaijan's oil transportation by sea, which began with the world's first tanker named Zoroaster. The tanker Surakhany with a length of 123.5 meters and a deadweight of 4696 tons belongs to the type of ship "Engineer A. Pustoshkin", launched for the first time in the Caspian Sea in 1957.

Creation of the museum

Until recently, the tanker was used as an oil refinery station of the Shipping. In 2017, it was decided to turn the vessel into a museum. 


To become a museum, the ship underwent a major overhaul and reconstruction work. For this purpose, the human and technical resources of the ASCO Bibi-Heybat Ship Repair Yard and Khazar LLC were mobilized. More than 2000 shipwrights were involved in the repair and reconstruction of the hull and other parts of the ship.


The experience of such countries as Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Turkey, which have ancient traditions of shipping, was also applied. In order to meet international standards, ASCO cooperated with more than 100 influential foreign and local companies. The British company Freeman XP presented the concept and design of the project. Having implemented many successful projects, this company has 90 years of experience in this field. The Dutch company Hypsos, which is distinguished by its professionalism in the design of world-famous museums, scientific centers, and various-themed pavilions, was responsible for the project design.

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