Baku Sea Port ups container cargo transshipment
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 25/ Trend E.Ismayilov /
In January-October, the Baku International Sea Trade Port transshipped 700,000 tons of dry and container cargo compared to 240,000 tons at the same period of 2009, a source at the port said.
"A significant increase is observed in transshipment of dry cargo, in particular, as a result of ten months the Dry Cargo Terminal increased cargo transshipment thrice," the source said.
According to him, the vast majority of dry goods fall to cement clinker imported from Iran.
Also according to the source, in January-October 13,700 containers were transshipped compared to 2,000 containers in January-October of 2009. Most of container traffic transshipment fall to containers of humanitarian supplies sent from Europe to Kazakhstan (Aktau).
The transportation of humanitarian goods across the Black Sea, Georgia and Azerbaijan, and across the Caspian Sea to Central Asia, has been underway since March 2009. Their transportation is conducted within the framework of the TRACECA transport corridor in the direction of Afghanistan. The humanitarian goods include medicines, building materials and food products.
According to the source, in January-October of 2010 the port shipped 2.27 million tons of ferry cargo compared to 1.92 million tons at the same period of 2009.
In 2009, the Baku port shipped 2.5 million tons of oil cargo, which is 10 percent less than in 2008. In total, the port shipped 5.1 million tons of cargo in 2009.
As a source earlier said, in 2008 Baku port transshipped about six million tons of cargo. About three million tons of the total amount of cargo transshipped in 2008 fell to the oil and oil products, while the remaining three million tons to the goods, transported by ferry (Baku-Turkmenbashi, Turkmenbashi-Baku, Baku-Aktau and Aktau-Baku).