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Caspian Sea

The Caspian Sea is the largest lake on Earth by both area and volume. It is bordered by Azerbaijan, Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. It has a surface area of 371,000 km². The ports of the littoral states include key trading hubs in international transport corridors and the new Silk Road; including Baku, Aktau & Astrakhan. The sea has become topical since the Russian invasion of Ukraine (started 24.02.2022) as traders seek routes which do not pass through Russian territory. The heavily-sanctioned states of Russia and Iran also have interests in the Caspian Sea’s transport capacity.

50,000 tonnes of Kazakh ammonium nitrate to be exported via Aktau-Hovsan-Batumi ports

Aktau, Kazakhstan (Ports Europe) February 21, 2024 – After exporting KazAzot’s ammonium nitrate (3,000 tonnes) through the Caspian Sea port of Aktau in...

Caspian Sea water levels study to inform Aktau Port adaptation

News – HR Wallingford – February 20, 2024 Over the next 18 months, HR Wallingford will be carrying out a study for The World Bank to assess how...

Plans for a Turkmenbashi-Amirabad feeder line

Amirabad, Iran (Ports Europe) February 19, 2024 – Turkmenistan and Iran are planning to resume shipping between the Caspian Sea ports of Turkmenbashi and...

Update: Russian ports handled 71 mln tonnes of cargo in Jan 24

Moscow, Russia (Ports Europe) February 15, 2024 – Cargo turnover of Russian seaports in January 2024 decreased by 6.2% compared to the same month of last...

Iran invests in port development

Tehran, Iran (Ports Europe) February 13, 2024 – The capacity of Iranian ports has increased to 290 million tonnes, Ali-Akbar Safaei, head of the...

Aktau port handled 360,000 tonnes of cargo in January’24

Aktau, Kazakhstan (Ports Europe) February 13, 2024 – Cargo turnover of Kazakhstan’s Caspian Sea port of Aktau in January 2024 increased by 12.7%...

Russian ports handled 71 mln tonnes of cargo in Jan 24

Moscow, Russia (Ports Europe) February 13, 2024 – Cargo turnover of Russian seaports in January 2024 decreased by 6.2% compared to the same month of last...

$31 billion investment for Kazakhstan rail, sea, air & road transport

Astana, Kazakhstan (Ports Europe) February 13, 2024 – A pool of investment projects worth more than $31 billion in the fields of railway, sea, aviation...

World Bank, HR Wallingford step into shrinking Caspian problem

Aktau, Kazakhstan (Ports Europe) February 12, 2024 – Alarmed by the shrinking waters of the Caspian, Kazakhstan invited the World Bank (WB) to conduct a...

Turkmenistan joins IMO’s convention on bunker oil pollution damage

Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan (Ports Europe) February 8, 2024 – The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved Turkmenistan’s accession to the...

Double increase in icebreaker-assisted ships in Russia‘s Caspian ports

Astrakhan, Russia (Ports Europe) February 7, 2024 – There is an unexplained almost double increase in the number of ships assisted by ice breakers in and out...

Update: Belarus cargo to test North-South corridor in spring

Astrakhan, Russia (Ports Europe) February 6, 2024 – Sanctions-hit Belarus is aggressively pursuing alternative cargo transportation options via Russia, a...

Azerbaijan borrows to increase its Caspian fleet

Baku, Azerbaijan (Ports Europe) February 2, 2024 – Azerbaijan’s ambition is to continue to dominate shipping and cargo handling in the Caspian Sea region...

Russian Railways visits international seaport of Turkmenbashi

Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan (Ports Europe) February 1, 2024 – A delegation from Russian Railways Logistics (RZD Logistics) has visited the international...

Turkmenistan to build ships for shrinking Caspian Sea

Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan (Ports Europe) February 1, 2024 – Under pressure from the shrinking Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan’s Balkan shipbuilding and ship...

Turkmenistan to join International Maritime Organization convention

Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan (Ports Europe) January 31, 2024 – The government has stated its intention to join the Convention on Facilitation of...

Iran’s logistics center in Astrakhan

Astrakhan, Russia (PortSEurope) January 31, 2024 – Russia’s Astrakhan region has identified a plot of land near the Caspian port of Astrakhan special...

Astrakhan is a centre of Russia’s Caspian logistics

Astrakhan, Russia (Ports Europe) January 30, 2024 – Hard pressed by Western sanctions, Russia is trying to find alternative transport routes towards...

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