Multi-Modal Reset Terminal Opens in Georgia’s Batumi
Amulti-modal reset terminal was opened on the territory of the International Container Terminal located in Georgia’s Black Sea coastal city of Batumi, Ajara region.
The Batumi International Container Terminal LLC, together with Medlog Georgia LLC, provides storage infrastructure on a 2 ha plot of land and 3000m2 modern indoor customs warehouse.
The Batumi International Container Terminal LLC is now capable of receiving FEEDERMAX type container vessels with 11m drawing capacity, which greatly increases the operational capabilities and provides competitiveness of service, leading to a positive impact not only on the container terminal but on the port itself.
Tornike Rijvadze, the Chairman of Ajara Government, together with Giorgi Kobulia, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, opened the multi-modal reset terminal.
The ceremony was also attended by the Director of the LEPL Maritime Transport Agency the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Tamar Ioseliani, MSC Georgia Managing Director Alkan Alicik, Commercial Director of MEDLOG Turkey Volkan Tek, partner of MSC Georgia and MEDLOG Georgia Jemal Inaishvili, MEDLOG (Geneva) Executive Director Salvatore Prudente, Vice President of the ICTSI (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Hans Ole Madsen and the Batumi International Container Terminal LLC Acting Director, Nikoloz Gogoli.
The guests examined the new terminal, where dredging works in the equatorial and channel waters have been successfully completed.
Kobulia highlighted the importance of the project, adding it will definitely contribute to the increase of Georgia’s transit potential.
The Minister further claims that the project will help exporting companies to have better access to the international markets. He added the terminal project is implemented in compliance with the highest standards by the international company ICTSI and its subsidiary.
“This will be the one of the leading projects, covering not only warehousing, but also provision of communications, railway and road access to the port as well as expansion of the port. This will enable us to increase the terminal capacity by 100% — increasing it from 100,000 to 200,000 tons. It is a very important project that will further develop not only Ajara but Georgia’s whole economy,” the Minister stated at the opening ceremony.
Rijvadze spoke about the importance and strategic role of Batumi Sea Port. According to him, the multi-modal terminal will help to double cargo turnover at Batumi sea port, so enabling local economy development and creating new jobs for local citizens.
“Our priority is to turn our country into a regional hub for logistics and transport. New, modernized infrastructure is important to achieve this goal,” the Chairman of the Government of Ajara said.
By Thea Morrison
Image source: Government of Ajara