Most important pit-stop on the Silk Road: Turkmenbashi International Seaport


Turkmenbashi International Seaport, one of the projects of the development vision of His Excellency the President of Turkmenistan; Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, is now serving at the hearth of the Silk Road with its expanded capacity.

The cargo from Far East, which would take normally 45 days via the Suez Canal to reach Europe can now do it within 15 days by rail. A new era has begun in the World economy thanks to the saving of 30 days on transport time. Now the competition will be much stronger, especially for consumers, in favour of a higher quality.

The seaport built by Gap Insaat Company at the Caspian Sea coast of Turkmenistan, and in the vicinity of gigantic tourist district “Awaza” will also be serving as a gateway for landlocked countries of the region as well as Turkmenistan. This project is now ready to take its rightful place in history as the hearth of the Great Silk Road through Turkmen culture and hospitality unified with the spirit of peace.

The Port, which will serve as an alternative and complementary link between China and Europe, offers innovative intermodal and multimodal logistics solutions for a growing exchange between Asia and Europe. Currently, the logistic companies deliver 95% of goods in Europe in 45 days. With the launching of Turkmenbashi international seaport, facilitating a continuous railroad line from China to Europe, the delivery time will be reduced to 15 days. It is expected that this situation will start a new era in world transport.

In order to expand the international cooperation based on the principles of the neutrality policy and innovative thinking of HE the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who declared Turkmenistan to be the heart of the Great Silk Way, is building not only a seaport; but also motorways, railways, and bridges. International sea port of Turkmenbashi, built to be the biggest port at the shores of the Caspian Sea, will serve as the main route of the trade sector, acquiring the significance of the "sea gate" for the Turkmen economy and the region in its entirety. The port, which will serve as an alternative to traditional transport routes between China and Europe, will also offer innovative solutions for the growing volume of transport between Asia and Europe. Cost of the contract for the construction of the Turkmenbashi International Sea Port, built by the company Gap Insaat by order of the State Service of the Maritime and River Transport of Turkmenistan, amounts to 1.5 billion US dollars.

The works performed within the construction scope in general consist of 8 parts: Works on the common infrastructure of the port; Shipbuilding and ship repair yard; Terminal for RoRo and RoPax ships; Terminal for containers; General cargo terminal, Bulk cargo terminal; Repair of the existing train ferry terminal; Expansion of the polypropylene terminal. The international seaport covers 1,434,149 square meters of area. The port will employ 2,500 people in full operation.

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