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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.

Update: First cruise ship visiting all Caspian states in 2025

Astrakhan, Russia (Ports Europe) July 14, 2024 – After a multi-year delay, the first-ever cruise route visiting all Caspian Sea littoral states is expected...

China to invest in container hub in Port of Aktau. Kazakhstan

Aktau, Kazakhstan (Ports Europe) July 8, 2024 – China is set to invest in container hub in Port of Aktau, a Caspian Sea port. At recent discussions...

China started regular truck service to Europe via Middle Corridor

Kurik, Kazakhstan (Ports Europe) July 6, 2024 – China has begun the regular lorries cargo service via the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route...

Islamist attacks disrupt operations of Caspian Makhachkala port

Makhachkala, Russia (Ports Europe) June 24, 2024 – Islamist fighters have attacked a church, a synagogue and a police post in Russia’s Caspian Sea port...

The delayed Rasht-Caspian Railway is operational

Rasht, Iran (Ports Europe) June 22, 2024 – The long-delayed Iran’s Rasht-Caspian Railway, connecting the city of Rasht to the country’s Caspian Sea port...

Table: Russian ports monthly cargo results, Oct 23-May 24

Moscow, Russia (Ports Europe) June 18, 2024 – The table below, prepared by Ports Europe, shows monthly cargo handling figures for Russian ports in millions...

Russian ports handled 373 mln tonnes of cargo in Jan-May 2023

Moscow, Russia (Ports Europe) June 18, 2024 – Cargo turnover of Russian seaports in the January-May period decreased by 3.4% compared to the first five...

Joint Russia-Iran agency activities in Iran’s ports

Astrakhan, Russia (Ports Europe) June 15, 2024 – Iran’s state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) wants to organise joint agency...

Kazakhstan’s Ersai terminal received first dry cargo ships

Kuryk, Kazakhstan, June 11, 2024 – Kazakhstan’s Ersai marine terminal, part of the Caspian Sea port of Kuryk, has received the first two dry cargo...

Baku hosts inaugural Caspian Blue Horizons Workshop

Baku, Azerbaijan (Ports Europe) June 10, 2024 – Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC, ADA University and IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental...

U.S. and EU-sanctioned friend of Putin to buy Makhachkala port

Makhachkala, Russia (Ports Europe) June 8, 2024 – The U.S., UK and EU-sanctioned Suleyman Abusaidovich, Russia-based billionaire, oligarch, and...

Caspian Middle Corridor Conference – London, June 11, 2024

London, United Kingdom (Ports Europe) June 3, 2024 – The Caspian Policy Centre (CPC) is organising the event “Caspian Middle Corridor...

Sustainable development goals of Baku port

Baku, Azerbaijan (Ports Europe) June 3, 2024 – Azerbaijan’s Baku International Sea Trade Port (BISTP), the oldest and biggest one on the Caspian Sea,...

Olya and Astrakhan to handle 6 mln cargo tonnes in 2024

Astrakhan, Russia (Ports Europe) June 1, 2024 – The combined cargo turnover of Russia’s Caspian Sea ports of Olya and Astrakhan in 2024 can reach 6...

Sanctioned Russian gas exported via ports as fertilisers

Moscow, Russia (Ports Europe) May 31, 2024 – Without buyers for its sanctioned and with declining value gas, Russia is trying to export it converted into...

How To Maximize The Middle Corridor – Caspian Policy Center

Washington, USA (Ports Europe) May 31, 2024 – Earlier this month, the Caspian Policy Center hosted “The 8th Annual Trans-Caspian Forum: How to Maximize...

Kazakhstan adopts 2024-2028 maritime infrastructure plan

Astana, Kazakhstan (Ports Europe) May 23, 2024 – The capacity of Kazakhstan’s Caspian Sea ports of Aktau and Kuryk will be increased by +50% and container...

The road to the Caspian Sea – Makhachkala port

Makhachkala, Russia (Ports Europe) May 21, 2024 – After years of delays, the project for the construction of an access road to Russia’s Caspian Sea port of...

Russia, Iran discuss the new Astraport Shipping company

Astrakhan, Russia (Ports Europe) May 17, 2024 – Representatives of Russia’s Astrakhan Region and the Iranian Consul General in Astrakhan, Mahdi...

Olya Port and SEZ development pushed by Putin

Olya, Russia (Ports Europe) May 9, 2024 – The long-delayed project for the development of Russia’s Caspian port of Olya is moving much faster after the...

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