On April 5, 2018, the feeder vessel Mahmud Ragimov, owned by CJSC Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (CJSC AKMP), moored at the seaport of Aktau (Kazakhstan) to serve a regular feeder container service on the Transcaspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor) . The next day, after loading 70 twenty-foot containers (TEU) with wheat and lentils produced in Kazakhstan, the ship was sent in the opposite direction.
Having reached the seaport of Baku (Alyat, Azerbaijan), these containers will be reloaded to the fitting platforms belonging to Azerbaijan Railways (CJSC AŽD) and Georgian Railway (JSC GZhD) and will then proceed to the Turkish port of Mersin on opened in 2017 the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway communication.
This is the first in the history of the export of containers from Kazakhstan by the feeder vessel, which entered the seaport of Aktau. Until now, JSC “National Company” Aktau International Sea Trade Port “(JSC” NC “AISCP”) served dry cargo vessels for general cargo (grain, metals, etc.), and also processed ferries in communication with the seaport of Baku ( Alat).
According to the plans for the development of the indicated sea communication, the processing time of the vessel in the ports of Aktau and Baku (Alyat) will not exceed 24 hours in each of them, and the delivery of the container directly from the seaport of Aktau to the port of Baku (Alyat) will not exceed 36 hours.
In the future, the schedule provides for the plying of the feeder vessel along the route from the seaports of Baku to Aktau and back on a weekly basis. Thus, the next departure of the vessel from Aktau seaport is expected on April 11, 2018. In addition, along with Kazakhstan’s export cargoes, the next batch of containers will include transit cargo, such as tomato paste, transported from China to Italy along the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor).
“Since that time, the seaport of Aktau will focus on the development of regular container services on the Caspian Sea with the use of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor) and this is absolutely new business for our company. All this came true thanks to the personal support of the first leaders of the railways of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Caspian Shipping Company, and the maritime administration of the Baku port, the founders of the International Association “Transcaspian International Transport Route” (Middle Corridor). This is evidenced by the arrival and today’s successful dispatch of the vessel. We are convinced we will receive more feeder vessels in our port will, “- said Chairman of the Board (President) of JSC” NC “AISCP”, Abai Turikpenbaev.
The official launch ceremony of the first feeder ship was also attended by the Secretary General of the International Association of TMTM, Rakhmetolla Kudaibergenov, who noted that the launch of a regular feeder communication in the Caspian Sea will be a new milestone in the development of containerization of freight flows in the region and will in general serve to increase the capacity of TMTM Corridor). According to him, in May this year, it is planned to attract a second feeder ship to the route.