On Mav 2nd 2018, new International Seaport was solemnly inaugurated in Turkmenbashi city. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the opening ceremony of the port.
The solemn event, organized by the Government of Turkmenistan was attended by the heads of international organizations, relevant state structures from a number of countries, large foreign profile companies, heads of the diplomatic missions accredited in Turkmenistan as well as representatives of foreign and domestiç media.
The construction of the Turkmenbashi International Seaport that was launched in August 2013 and completed today became an integral factor of the development of Turkmenistan’s maritime fleet.
The new port occupies 152 hectares and includes ferry, passenger and cargo terminals. The total length of berths that can instantly serve 17 vessels is 1800 meters. The port can receive 300 thousand passengers, 75 thousand cargo trucks and handle 400 thousand containers a year. The new port’s overall throughput capacity is 17 million tons excluding oil products.
Within the scope of the port project, “Balkan” ship building and repair facility was constructed. It can process 12 thousand tons of steel a year, build 4 and repair 20 ships.
The President of Turkmenistan stressed that the new seaport will become a vital link in shaping the modern system of maritime transport that will create most favorable conditions to access the Black Sea, countries of Europe, Middle East, South Asia and Asia-Pacific, thus significantly reducing the distance and travel time for major cargo flows.
With optimization of traffic flows on the Eurasian continent, new strategic prospects will open up for interregional and intercontinental ties. Certainly, the decision to construct the port was dictated primarily by domestic needs. The Western part of Turkmenistan, the Caspian coast, is one of the most dynamically developing regions of our country.
Strong industrial, energy, transport and communication infrastructure is being created, and the foundation for the modern gas chemical industry is laid here. The modern port infrastructure will give a strong impetus to the national economy and attract investments to its segments. Moreover, and this was specifically highlighted by the Turkmen leader, the importance of the Turkmenbashi seaport fairly extends far beyond the national boundaries.
The project of Turkmenbashi International Seaport can easily be referred to as historical one as its realization brings the country to new level of cooperation supporting their full-scale integration to international system of economic relations, improvement of the role of Turkmenistan as important centre of transit communications.