Weekly review of key developments in Azerbaijan's transport sector

Transport Materials 12 October 2020 12:23 (UTC +04:00)
Weekly review of key developments in Azerbaijan's transport sector

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 12

By Fidan Babayeva - Trend:

Last week in Azerbaijan began with the completion of a major overhaul and the attraction of General Aslanov dry cargo ship, owned by the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping (ASCO) CJSC, to cargo transportation in the waters outside the Caspian Sea, Trend reports referring to the ASCO.

“Repairs were carried out at the Bibi-Heybat Ship Repair Yard. The main and auxiliary engines, mechanisms (pumps) of the ship were repaired. Also, the cargo hold doors, the electric control system for the cargo crane used to lift the doors, have been adjusted. Along with this, the installation of pipes, electrical installation, as well as work on automation and welding of the body was carried out on the ship,” ASCO said.

After the completion of the repair, the ships were successfully tested and were handed over to the seamen.

The General Aslanov dry-cargo ship again attracted to the cargo transportation in waters outside the Caspian Sea. On October 7, the ship transported cargo from Bektash port of Turkmenistan to the Gebze port of Turkey.

Moreover, last week, P&O Maritime Logistics (POML) Caspian company, extended the dry-docking period from 5 to 7.5 years.

ASCO noted that this is the first step for the offshore industry, which provides a longer period of continuity for the client and a more efficient offer for the shipowner and stakeholders.

According to the State Agency of Azerbaijan Automobile Roads, the construction of the Ujar-Zardab-Aghjabadi highway was completed.

Last week, at the 5th Economic and Logistics Summit in Istanbul, General Director of the Turkish TCDD Taşımacılık AŞ state railway company Kamran Yazici, said that over the past three years, 8,000 cars with a total volume of 650,000 were transported on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway route tons.

According to Yazici, it is expected that 20,000 tons of cargo will be sent through the BTK in 500,000 containers by the end of 2020.

Yazici noted that the ‘One Belt - One Road’ project, initiated by China, stretches from China to Europe, and the BTK railway is in the center of this route.

“It is planned to transport 3.2 million tons of cargo per year and 6.5 million tons of cargo per year through the BTK railway in the long term. Freight trains, which provide uninterrupted rail links between the two continents, pass through Turkish Marmaris city and are considered an important part of both Turkey and international rail transport,” Yazici stressed.


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