Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 7
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
A new ferry complex has been built in the Kuryk port on the Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy national company reported.
The official launch of the first stage of the complex took place on Dec. 6.
Kuryk port is an important section of the Trans-Caspian international transport corridor and now its railway and port infrastructure is ready to transship cargo.
"Kuryk - is our way to the Caucasus and Europe," Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said at the opening ceremony.
Earlier, ferry transportation from Kazakhstan to other Caspian littoral states was possible only through the port of Aktau. However, the ferry terminal in this port has been working to its capacity over the recent years.
It is expected that the ferry complex in Kuryk will make it possible to triple the existing ferry transport capacities of Kazakhstan and strengthen the Kazakh section of the China-Europe transport corridor.
Kazakhstan plans to increase transit transportation from the current 18 million tons of cargo to 33 million tons in 2020 and to 50 million tons in 2030.
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