Closing Bosporus, Dardanelles straits not to affect Georgian Black Sea ports
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 4 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
The closure of the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits due to thick fog will not affect the activity of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic's (SOCAR) Kulevi oil terminal in Georgia, an inside source told Trend.
The source said the terminal will function as normal, and has received two ships today.
The Georgian port of Poti also noted that the closure will not affect the port's operation. It also noted that the port had not received any notification about the closure of the straits.
The Georgian port of Batumi also stressed that the closure will not affect the port's operation. It added that the port has not received any notification about the closure of the straits - only about the weather conditions at the port.
Azerbaijani, Kazakh and Turkmen oil is transported via Kulevi and the Poti and Batumi ports.
Turkey closed the straits for ship passage due to a heavy fog, which worsened visibility.
The Bosporus Strait was closed on Nov. 3 at 2:00 a.m. local time, and the Dardanelles Strait was shut down at 7:30 a.m. It is unknown when passage for ships will reopen, Reuters reported.