At the cross roads development, 2010 

TRACECA central segment got a chance to increase trucking share up to 50% of cargo traffic

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 Changes in market trends in the region enable to hope for a surge of motor transportation from Europe to Asia and back through the central segment of Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA).

TRACECA national secretary for Azerbaijan Akif Mustafayev has stated that the desire of Turkish road hauliers to carry cargo through Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea can drastically change the situation with the use of TRACECA.

"If earlier delivery by rail dominated in overall transportation, now it becomes possible to achieve a greater share of trucking up to 50%," Mustafayev said.

At the meeting of the TRACECA national secretaries in Istanbul on 15-18 December the representatives of the Turkey’s UND (International Transporters Association) and TOBB (Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchange of Turkey) raised the matter of opening of trucking communication between Europe and Asia through , via Georgia, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea). They claimed of the need to create technical conditions for a new road route for freight, which previously followed through Iran and Russia.

"Unfortunately, today we are not technically ready to realize these opportunities in full because of some restrictions in the Baku International Sea Trade Port and the virtual absence of roads around Aktau port. Nevertheless, already in Istanbul the Baku Port representatives declared of a possibility of access for trucks to docks on schedule, while the Aktau Port administration stated that 70-80 km of the road near the port will be built in the near future," Mustafayev said.

Besides, there is also no fleet for shipping large number of trucks by Caspian Sea.

"Speech is of really giant volumes of carriages. So, we’ve invited the Turkish side to continue talks in Baku. Today we have a chance to launch a new project, which is able to recoup all costs on development of main highways and motor transport infrastructure of Azerbaijan. The same initiative is an incentive for early completion of the recently-started construction of the new Baku port - there are opportunities to create powerful TIR park," Mustafayev added.

Turkish hauliers are ready to decline from the Russian route as Russia imposed tough quotas for the use of Turkish transportation carriers, which reckon by the thousands. The Iranian route has lost its attractiveness because of the introduction of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic (many consignors do not want to fall under the threat of sanctions) and increase of fuel prices by Iran with the recovery of substantial compensation.

In this regard, Turkish carriers demand from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan announcement of tariffs for the transit of goods through their countries, organization of free transportation of Turkish trucks across the Caspian Sea and reducing downtime in waiting for ferries.

Earlier Turkish road carriers refused to use the TRACECA central segment, and that is why relevant infrastructure was not created. And now, the carriers are ready to pay any sums of money for an opportunity of transit if they are specified in advance, and will not arbitrarily change.

 

 

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2010-10-22 Azerbaijan hosts training course on project of maritime safety and ship pollution

Azerbaijan hosts training course on project of maritime safety and ship pollution

 

The first of this year’s two training courses for beneficiaries of the EU-funded TRACECA Transport Project Development of Common Security Management System and Cooperation in the Area of Maritime Safety and Ship Pollution Prevention for the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (SASEPOL) is under completion in Azerbaijan. Today TRACECA national secretary on behalf of

The first of this year’s two training courses for beneficiaries of the EU-funded TRACECA Transport Project Development of Common Security Management System and Cooperation in the Area of Maritime Safety and Ship Pollution Prevention for the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (SASEPOL) is under completion in Azerbaijan. Today TRACECA national secretary on behalf of Azerbaijan Akif Mustafayev has informed that the five-day training course is devoted to practical (technical, economic and legal) aspects of ratification, introduction and execution of the MARPOL Convention and its six annexes.

"This project will be finished in the 2nd half of 2011. Within the project a working group of representatives of the Ministries of Emergency Situations and of Environment & Natural Resources, Caspian Shipping Company, Baku Port was established. Training courses are organized regularly in and outside of Azerbaijan to enhance qualification of personnel of companies and organizations involved in the area of sea transportation,” Mustafayev emphasized.

Trainings are conducted for both direct and indirect beneficiaries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey) within SASEPOL Project. "International experience shows that maritime, air and ground transport safety is today of great importance. In this regard, we intend to activate work in this direction by familiarizing with international practices, holding of seminars and training courses to prepare professionals in this field,” Mustafayev added.

The first of this year’s two training courses for beneficiaries of the EU-funded TRACECA Transport Project Development of Common Security Management System and Cooperation in the Area of Maritime Safety and Ship Pollution Prevention for the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (SASEPOL) is under completion in Azerbaijan. Today TRACECA national secretary on behalf of Azerbaijan Akif Mustafayev has informed that the five-day training course is devoted to practical (technical, economic and legal) aspects of ratification, introduction and execution of the MARPOL Convention and its six annexes.

"This project will be finished in the 2nd half of 2011. Within the project a working group of representatives of the Ministries of Emergency Situations and of Environment & Natural Resources, Caspian Shipping Company, Baku Port was established. Training courses are organized regularly in and outside of Azerbaijan to enhance qualification of personnel of companies and organizations involved in the area of sea transportation,” Mustafayev emphasized.

Trainings are conducted for both direct and indirect beneficiaries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey) within SASEPOL Project. "International experience shows that maritime, air and ground transport safety is today of great importance. In this regard, we intend to activate work in this direction by familiarizing with international practices, holding of seminars and training courses to prepare professionals in this field,” Mustafayev added.

 

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EIB, 10 investors to participate in Azeri port project Read more: EIB, 10 investors to participate in Azeri port project - New Europe http://www.neurope.eu/articles/103440.php#ixzz1SBBqV6tg

Azerbaijan’s project on International Logistics Centre in new Baku International Sea Trade Port in Alat settlement was recently presented at the I TRACECA Investment Forum in Brussels, Trend news agency reported.

On behalf of Azerbaijan, TRACECA national secretary Akif Mustafayev said that after presentation of the project it was reported that 10 international investors and financial institutions have displayed an interest in the project.

Some of the organizations which expressed interest in the project included European Investment Bank (EIB) or Germany’s Polzug, specializing in construction and operation of logistics centers.

Around Ђ210 million is expected to be invested in the project.

The start of the port construction is expected before the end of 2010.

The Centre Project is supported by the European Commission as one of the best ideas for further development of Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia.

The parties are willing to visit Azerbaijan to discuss its participation in the project.

A decision on timing of visits will be made by the government, but we recommended its making closer to the end of the year, Mustafayev said.

The Azerbaijan’ project will be realized on the conditions of publicprivate partnership.

The government is ready to undertake financing of building of the port infrastructure while the private sector creation of the International Logistics Center.

Read more: EIB, 10 investors to participate in Azeri port project - New Europe www.neurope.eu/articles/103440.php