Azerbaijani Transport Ministry prepares for construction of new port
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 12 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
The laying ceremony of a new international sea port will be held until the first decade of May in Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Transport department of transport policy and economy head Sadraddin Mammadov said. The new port will be located in the village of Alat (near Baku).
"A new international port is expected to be constructed by May 10," Mammadov said.
He said that currently operations on designing of a major new transport interchange near the site of the new port are held. The new interchange will balance the process of entry and exit of vehicles from the port.
This port will be multimodal, because free economic zone will be created in the territory in future besides the logistics center.
Construction of a new international sea port in the village of Alat will be implemented in three phases and be completed by 2015. The first phase of the project involves the construction of two ferries, three cargo berths for receiving containers, ro-ro and conventional (universal) bulk carriers. The second phase of the project includes the construction of three additional cargo berths, the third - the construction of additional two cargo berths. The project is estimated at more than $400 million.
The port can receive up to 11,6 million tons of cargo.
Now, a total of six international trading ports - Baku (Azerbaijan), Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan), Aktau (Kazakhstan), Astrakhan (Russia), Anzali and Neka (Iran) operate in the Caspian Sea.