Transportation of oil and oil products, general and bulk cargoes has transformed Batumi Seaport into a vital hub in the European transportation corridor.
Batumi has become one of the important logistics centers in the Caucasus. Currently, the seaport’s turnover has significantly increased and become the largest transit destination for transporting Kazakh and Azerbaijani oil and oil products.
Batumi Seaport (hereinafter – Seaport) is the main sea gate of Georgia and its stable operation determines the economic development of the Ajara Autonomous Republic (hereinafter – Region) and the whole country. Namely, thanks to logistics location and various infrastructures, the seaport has become the major transportation destination making huge contribution to the geo-economic development of the Region and the whole country. The Seaport is also a vital hub in transportation corridors promoting external trade and growing the transit function of the Region.
The Batumi Seaport director general Mr. Jannat Kusainov talks about the seaport’s plans.
-The seaport is specialized in transshipment of a wide range of cargo consignments. The seaport is the deepest one along the east coastline of the Black Sea and it represents a transportation hub embracing seaborne, railway and land transports. Transit of oil, general and bulk cargoes prevails in the structure of cargo turnover.
Currently, an oil terminal operates in the Seaport (berths №1, №2, №3 and loading without berth, that are able to receive 4 tankers simultaneously), multipurpose container terminal (berths №4 and №5), a berth for seaborne railway ferry, dry cargo terminal (Berths №6, №7, №8 and №9) and passenger terminal (Berths №10 and №11). Highest throughput of the oil terminal constitutes 15 million tons a year, the cargo terminal – 2.1 million tons, and seaborne ferry – 700 000 tons.
The seaport also brings significant fiscal effect by making huge transfers to budgets on various levels. Moreover, the seaport is the Region’s one of the major employers.
At the same time, the seaport has made a 100 000 GEL donation to the June 13 natural disaster fund. The money was transferred to the special account of the state treasury designed to assisting the natural disaster victims.
In January-September 2015 turnover of general and other cargoes made up 830 000 tons. The plan was fulfilled by 84%. Turnover of oil and oil products marked 2 852 000 tons. The plan was fulfilled by 128%. The seaport has handled 129 ships in the reporting period.
For the first time in the history of Georgian seaports, in the third quarter of 2014 the seaport received SOYA MAY, one of the biggest dry cargo vessels with 229 meter in length, 36.8 meters in width and 87 146 tons in deadweight.
Moreover, in the third quarter of 2015, the seaport handled the first consignment of spiral pipes of 188.5 tons. The weight of each spiral pipe marked 31.5 tons with 32 meters in length. It should be noted this is the first case of handling similar sort of cargoes in Georgian Seaports.
The 100 specific steps for implementing 5 presidential reforms of the President of Kazakhstan call for integrating Kazakhstan into international transport-communications networks and inaugurating a project for creating multimodal transport corridor of the Eurasian Transcontinental Corridor to carry out free cargo transit from Asia to Europe. The transport corridor will cross: the first route will cross the territories of Kazakhstan, Russian Federation and reach Europe.
The second route will cross the territory of Kazakhstan from Khorgos to the seaport of Aktau, reach the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, cross the territory of Georgia and reach Europe. The seaport has concluded memorandums on cooperation with the seaport of Dublin (Ireland), KTZE – KhorgosGateway (Kazakhstan) and Grain Union of Kazakhstan.
As part of the TransCaspian international transport route, a number of memorandums and protocols have been signed: a working protocol between Batumi Seaport and Azerbaijan Railways; memorandum on cooperation between Batumi Seaport, Aktau International Sea Trade Port and Baku International Sea Trade Port; memorandum on cooperation between Batumi Seaport and Georgian Railway; memorandum on cooperation between Batumi Seaport and KTZ Express.