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.In 2017, it was decided to turn the vessel into a museum.Surakhani ship museumwas opened in Surakhani, Baku on March 1st, 2021.
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.
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening ceremony.
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 companyHypsos, which is distinguished by its professionalism in the design of world-famous museums, Relicase was entrusted to manufacture and install all the display cases in the museum。