Azerbaijan, Baku, March 11 / Trend , E. Ismayilov /
Foundation laying ceremony of a new international sea trade port in Azerbaijan is scheduled for May, Azerbaijani Transport Ministry said today. The new port will be located in Alat (near Baku) settlement.
Dutch Royal Haskoning Company, which won the tender on the construction of a new international sea trade port, has already developed its master plan. Presently, the company develops a working draft, which will be completed in April, 2010.
Construction period of the first stage is three year.
The port will be multimodal because it will create a free economic zone and a logistic center..
The new international sea port will be constructed in three stages and will be completed by 2015. The first stage of the project envisages the construction of two bridges for ferry boats, three freight bridges for containers, Ro-Ro ships and simple (universal) dry cargo ships. The second stage of the project envisages the construction of three other freight bridges. And the third stage of the project envisages the construction of two additional freight bridges. The project is worth over $400 million.
At the moment, there are six international trade ports in the Caspian Sea - Baku (Azerbaijan), Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan), Aktau (Kazakhstan), Astrakhan (Russia), Enzeli and Neka (Iran).