Sakhalin Shipping Company
Sakhalin Shipping Company (SASCO) (Russian: Сахалинское морское пароходство) is a Russian shipping company. Headquartered in Kholmsk, on Sakhalin Island's west coast, the company was created in 1945, and privatized in 1992.
As of the fall of 2009, the company operates regular cargo boat service on the following lines:
- Vladivostok - Korsakov
- Vladivostok - Magadan
- Vladivostok - Shanghai
- Vanino - Kholmsk
- Vanino - Magadan
- Vanino - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
- Korsakov - Pusan
On the Vanino - Kholmsk line, the company operates four combined rail and vehicular ferries; a sailing takes no more than 18 hrs. The boats also take passengers, carrying about 60,000 a year between Sakhalin and the mainland. This service has operated since 1973.
On other lines, regular container cargo boats are mostly used.