Constanta, Romania (PortSEurope) July 17, 2020 – Representatives from Romania and Turkmenistan have online discussions about the Caspian Sea – Black Sea international transport corridor (ITC-CSBS). The two sides discussed the issues of container transportation along the corridor by means of strengthening the cooperation between the ports and logistics partners of the private sector. In this context, the parties exchanged the opinions on the possibilities of
lease and use of the cargo terminal of Constanta seaport. From Turkmen side, attendees included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, heads and specialists of Turkmendenizderyayollary, Turkmendemiryollary, Turkmenavtoulaglary agencies, Turkmenbashy International Seaport, Turkmen Logistics Association, and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan. Romania was represented by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Transport, Infrastructure and Construction as well as representatives of state companies of Romania. The Black-Caspian Seas freight corridor project was launched by Romania and Turkmenistan to create an intermodal transport route for maritime, river, road and rail freight transport between central and northern Europe and the southern Caucasus and Central Asia, with the prospect of connecting to the Asia-Pacific region. Both countries have modern multimodal ports which, by and large, stand idle. The corridor is based on the geographic contiguity between Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan and the services offered by the ports of Constanţa (Romania), Poti (Georgia), Baku (Azerbaijan) and Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan). The new transport route should being created on the basis of the Trans-Caspian (Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey) and Lazurite/Lapis Lazuli (Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan) corridors. For Romania, it is important to turn its Black Sea port of Constanta into one of the important links of the transport and transit corridor connecting the Caspian and Black Seas and an EU point of transshipment of goods transported from the Turkmen port of Turkmenbashi, as well as from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan has long been exploring the possibility of transporting goods, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Constanta. The supply route involves the use of special containers and runs through the Caspian Sea to Baku (Azerbaijan), then by rail to Batumi or Poti (Georgia) and from there by sea to Romania. But the transportation of LNG by ferry and rail, across the two seas, increases significantly its cost and the gas becomes very expensive for a European consumer. Uzbekistan has long been interested in the Caucasian transport corridor and is seeking access to the Black Sea ports and further through the port of Mersin (Turkey) to the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Tajikistan has a similar interest. The Black Sea countries of Turkey, Bulgaria, and Ukraine could also participate in ITC-CSBS project along with Romania. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.