By Kamila Aliyeva
Turkmenistan studies the work of international seaports, as the Turkish company Gap Inşaat Yatirim ve Diş Ticaret A.Ş organized a tour for staff of a number of ministries and departments of Turkmenistan to study the activities of the seaports of Turkey and Europe.
The program included visits to such ports as Mersin and Haydarpasha in Turkey, Constanta in Romania, Rostock in Germany and Trieste in Italy, the Turkmen State Customs Service reported.
Turkmenistan’s new Turkmenbashi Seaport on the Caspian Sea is being developed to become one of the major ports of the world and the biggest one of the region. Gap Inşaat is building an international sea port since 2013.
The cost of the project, according to various estimates, is $2 billion.
The project will create more than 2,500 jobs. The estimated capacity of the port will be 17-18 million tons. Together with the previous port, the figure will reach 25-26 million tons.
The project of the new international sea port in Turkmenbashi envisages the construction of ferry, passenger and container terminals. The complex will also include a general loading terminal, a terminal for bulk cargo as well as shipbuilding and vessel maintenance plants. A road with overpasses will also be built and railway tracks will be laid.
The total area of the multifunctional port will be more than 1.4 million square meters. The total length of the quay line will amount to 3,800 meters.
The project was developed in accordance with the international standard - Green port.
The international ferry and passenger port will be able to serve 300,000 passengers and 75,000 trailers a year. The container terminal has an average annual capacity of 400,000 TEU.
The new port, which is deemed as “maritime gates” of Turkmenistan and a strategically important element of the transport system, is expected to increase the bandwidth capacity and develop international economic and trade relations, diversify and improve the access of the country to world markets. It will be used to export oil products, liquefied gas and textiles.
The multimodal center will carry out a complex of services for the storage and combined processing of containerized cargoes delivered by air, road and rail, ensuring their transshipment to and from water transport.
With the commissioning of the sea port, there will be great opportunities for sending cargoes arriving to Turkmenbashi along the Silk Road route from the countries of Asia and the Pacific, further, to Europe via ports of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.
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