New port facilities to be launched in Azerbaijan in 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.14
By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:
A new dry cargo terminal of the New International Sea Trade Port in the Alat settlement (65 kilometers south of Baku) is planned to be commissioned in the first half of 2016, a source close to the project told Trend Jan.14.
"The ferry terminal of the port, that already operates, was commissioned in 2014," said the source. "Work on the construction of the port continues, and it is projected to be also launched in the first half of 2016."
However, the source said that it is too early to talk about the exact launch date of the dry cargo terminal.
Construction of a new international port began in November 2010 and is being carried out in three phases. The first phase of the project involves the construction of two ferry and three cargo berths for receiving containers, "ro-ro" vessels and conventional (universal) dry cargo ships. The second phase of the project involves the construction of three more cargo berths, the third - the construction of two additional cargo berths.
The port will be able to receive up to 11.6 million metric tons of cargo a year.
The creation of a powerful port infrastructure is important in terms of provision of goods transportation by Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) rail, which is planned to be fully commissioned in 2015.
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