Baku port's Q1 cargo volumes rise to 1.03m tonnes, with box traffic up 55pc
THE volume of cargo passing through Baku International Sea Trade Port in Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea hit 1
THE volume of cargo passing through Baku International Sea Trade Port in Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea hit 1.03 million tonnes in the first quarter of the year, with the throughput of all types of goods increasing over this period. In particular, a significant increase was recorded in container traffic.
Between January and March Baku port handled 7,253 TEU, representing growth of 55.2 per cent compared to the same quarter last year.
During the first quarter of 2019 transit cargo contributed 861,000 tonnes, or 83.1 per cent, to the total volume handled by the port.
Furthermore, 13,788 railcars were transshipped in Q1 via the new ferry terminal located in the Alyat settlement, representing year-on-year growth of 12.6 per cent. Some 6,446 railcars (equivalent to 46.8 per cent of the total) were transshipped in the Baku-Kuryk-Baku direction, while 7,342 railcars (53.2 per cent) were transshipped in the Baku-Turkmenbashi-Baku direction, reported Trend News Agency.
In total 6,543 high-capacity vehicles (International Road Transports, or TIR) were transshipped from January to March, up 43.5 per cent. Hence, 5,180 high-capacity vehicles (79.2 per cent) were transshipped in the direction of Baku-Kuryk-Baku and 1,363 high-capacity vehicles (20.8 per cent) were transshipped in the direction of Baku-Turkmenbashi-Baku.
The cargo handling capacity of Baku port within its first phase of development is 15 million tonnes annually, including 100,000 containers per year. Seven berths out of the 12 existing ones serve dry cargo vessels, two berths serve ferries, while two more berths serve vessels of the ro/ro and ro-pax type. One more berth is used to serve the port's towing and auxiliary vessels.