The Volume of Oil Tanker Transportation in the Caspian Sea will be İncreased
The Caspian Shipping Company aims to grow the oil tanker transportation in the Caspian Sea over the coming years.
Baku, which is the starting point of all sea routes of Azerbaijan, is the largest port of the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijan has access to the oceans along the Caspian Sea-Volga-Volga-Don Canal-the Don-Azov Sea. Along with the Volga-Don Canal, the Azerbaijani vessels have the opportunity to enter the world ocean through the Volga-Baltic and White Sea-Baltic canals.
As a main part of economic infrastructure of Azerbaijan the maritime transport take leading role in social economic development of country. In considering that 80 percent of world trade performed through maritime transport, Azerbaijan’s competitiveness of maritime transport and sustainable development are ensured by preparing action plan covering the strategic targets and priority direction.
Caspian Shipping Company expects growth of oil tanker transportation in the Caspian Sea in the coming years. Tariyel Mirzoyev, the company’s Head of Strategic Development and Investment Projects Department said that the further development of the tanker fleet in the Caspian Sea largely depends on the choice of the route by carriers.
“Oil production in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will grow in the next three to seven years. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Supsa and Baku-Novorossiysk oil pipelines have sufficient capacity to accept additional volumes, and these free capacities will grow in the coming years. All this makes it possible to talk about the great prospects for further growth of the tanker fleet in the Caspian Sea,” Mirzoyev said.
Azerbaijan’s Caspian Shipping Company CJSC and the Baku Sea Trade Port play a special role in the water transport of Azerbaijan. The Caspian Sea Shipping Company CJSC, along with the transport fleet, also includes a specialized fleet and shipyards.
The transport fleet consists of 51 vessels, including 20 tankers, 13 ferries, 15 universal dry cargo vessels, 2 Ro-Ro vessels, as well as 1 technical vessel and 1 floating workshop. The specialized fleet includes 210 vessels, including 20 cranes, 25 towing and supplying vehicles, 26 passenger, two pipe-laying, six fire-fighting, seven engineering-geological, two diving and 88 auxiliary vessels.