The first stage of operating the Baku International Sea Trade Port complex, which is part of the policy aimed at turning Azerbaijan into a significant transport and logistics center of the region, has been completed. Annual handling capacity of the port covering an area of 117 hectares with 4 terminals is 15 million tons of cargo, including 100,000 containers. There are two bridges for Ro-Ro ships, a multi-purpose dry cargo and container terminal comprising seven bridges, two ferry bridges, as well as a bridge for auxuliary vessels at the port.
The port is currently capable of accomodating 7,000-8,000 ton vessels. 6 cranes purchased from Germany have been installed to carry out loading and unloading operations.
Dredging works have been carried out in the water area. Work is also underway on designing an international terminal slated for passengers.
“One of the other specific features of the project concerns warehouses. The project envısages running open and closed warehousing areas to store dry cargo. The total open storage area, including the general container space, is 56,000 square meters, while the closed storage area is 14,000 square meters,” Director of Baku International Sea Trade Port complex administration Heydar Turabov said.
Electricity is supplied to the port from two sources, namely, the Alyat power substation and the Sangachal module-type power plant. In addition, two diesel generating stations have been installed to ensure uninterrupted power supply. As for drinking water supply, a water reservoir has been built in the area. Moreover, ın accordance with the "green port" concept, 3 installations have been built during the construction of the complex for waste water treatment, taking into account environmental requirements.
The Port Management and Information System and other IT components have been applied to ensure efficient management of operations. A security system compliant with the ınternational code for the safeguarding of vessels has been installed as well. Moreover, an online informaton system applied at the port allows to determine the time of the loading and unloading of consignments.
“This Web-based platform allows assigning ordinal numbers for all incoming cargoes. Using those numbers, the owner is able to track the whereabouts of the consignment from anywhere in the world, including the time of its arrival and departure,” deputy head of PR office at the Baku International Sea Trade Port Vafa Safarli said.
Azerbaijan’s location along the North-South and East-West international transport corridors provides extensive transit potential for the new port. It will ensure efficient, speedy and safe ferry crossings from the Caspian Sea. The complex will serve as a direct freight loading point for the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. The cargo delivered to the country, having accumulated at the new port, will be transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway onward to Europe or eastward by sea.