Operation of Black Sea Port to Resume in Afternoon on 11 August: Port’s Representative
Azerbaijan, Baku, 11 August / Trend corr. E.Ismayilov/ Activity of the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti, which was suspended after the bombing resulting from the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict, will be resumed in afternoon (Baku time) on 11 August, Zviad Chkhartishvili, the head of the Poti's Marketing & Investment Department, said to Trend in a telephone conversation on 11 August.
"I think that the port's operation will be resumed after midday and a meeting on the issue will be held beforehand," Chkhartishvili said.
The Poti port, which is located on the Black Sea shore of Georgia, is engaged in transportation of different cargos, including light oil products, which are transited through the Azerbaijani territory from the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea.
The port's activity was suspended at approx 7.00pm in Baku time on 10 August. Power supply system of the port was damaged as a result of bombing. Operation of all systems has been resumed. Oil terminal and railway were not damaged during the bombing, Chkhartishvili said.
The Poti port is not accepting light oil products, the Azerbaijani State Railway said on 9 August. Trains, which head for the port from Azerbaijan, are staying on the railway lines in Georgia. At present, there are a lot of cistern-carriages filled with light oil products in Georgia, which follow the direction of Poti.
The capacity of oil terminal of the port totals 9mln tons a year.
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