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Azerbaijan accedes TRACECA to solution of road accident death problem, 05 Avgust 2014

TRACECA: road safety in Azerbaijan in focus at Baku meetings

Ways of improving road safety in Azerbaijan have been the focus of discussions between experts of the EU-funded TRACECA Road Safety II project and key Azerbaijani stakeholders. Representatives of the Ministry of Transport, General Department of State Traffic Police MIA and Azerbaijan International Road Carriers Association were among the participants at the meetings held last month in Baku.

The purpose of the meetings was to get a better understanding of the particular issues, problems and constraints of each organization preventing them doing more on road safety and the assistance and capacity building needed from the project,” a press release said.

Further discussion on road safety issues took place during a round table, organized by TRACECA National Secretary Akif Mustafayev. The event brought together government officials, as well as representatives of the private sector and academia. 

Discussions were also held with the Country TRACECA Secretary about establishing a multi-disciplinary expert group with whom the project team can work to prepare a national action planning workshop to be held in Azerbaijan on 1-5 December.  

During their visit to Baku, the project team also had technical discussions with Eduard Biryukov, TRACECA Secretary General, and the TRACECA Permanent Secretariat, to brief them about the forthcoming activities and training courses in each of the beneficiary countries.

The TRACECA Road Safety II project assists partner countries in the implementation of the TRACECA Regional Road Safety Action Plan, ensuring that the corridor transport system actively promotes safety, security and protection of users, property, the general public and the environment. The new initiative builds on the results of the previous project, LTSS I - Land Transport Safety & Security. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

Azerbaijan to help Kazakhstan build second mooring at Aktau

1 July 2014 - 11:22am


TRACECA National Secretary of Azerbaijan Akif Mustafayev said that Azerbaijan was ready to assist Kazakhstan in building the second mooring at Port Aktau, News Azerbaijan reports.

The TRACECA national working group said at a round-table conference in Baku on June 24 that the second mooring should be built as soon as possible. One mooring would not handle the cargo turnover that will soon start with China.


TRACECA National Secretary of Azerbaijan Akif Mustafayev said that Azerbaijan was ready to assist Kazakhstan in building the second mooring at Port Aktau, News Azerbaijan reports.

The TRACECA national working group said at a round-table conference in Baku on June 24 that the second mooring should be built as soon as possible. One mooring would not handle the cargo turnover that will soon start with China.(Vestnik Kavkaza)






Opening of seaport Alat postponed until the end of 2014

Opening of seaport Alat ostponed until the end of 2014

2014 April 14 ( Monday )  12:37:2





Completion of the first phase of construction of the Baku International Sea Trade Port in Alat settlement is postponed at the end of the year, although it was planned for June 1.

Only in 2013 from the state budget of Azerbaijan allocated 109.4 million manat to finance the first phase of the project . As the representative of the contractor for construction of Turan - Eurasian construction corporation of " Evraskon " (formerly JSC  «Azerkorpu), has opened a channel length of 7.5 kilometers to sushi and seven meters deep , and continues to construct facilities on land. At the completion of additional funding - said the agency interlocutor.

National Coordinator of the Eurasian Transport Corridor (TRACECA) Akif Mustafayev said Turan, that this international organization is waiting for a new transport hub , which will pass through the Transport Corridor Europe -Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) , and possibly in the future , and the North-South Corridor , that without the logistics center is not possible.

The most expensive first phase of the project is estimated at 540 million manats. The total cost of construction of the port - 870 million manats ( for the second phase is planned to spend 150 million on the third - 180 million).

At the first stage the port will be designed for handling up to 10 million tons of cargo and 40,000 containers , at the second stage - up to 17 million tons of cargo and 150,000 containers , the third - to 25 million tons of cargo and 1 million containers . Infrastructure necessary for the normal functioning of the port will be placed on an area of ??400 hectares.

Construction of the new port, located 65 km from Baku city began in November 2010. The ambitious project was prepared by the known Royal Haskoning  (http://www.royalhaskoningdhv.com)  from the Netherlands.

This is not the first attempt to build an international port in Alat settlement . September 3, 2007 the company  «GS Engineering & Construction « ( South Korea) Ministry of Transport presented the final version of the project cost-effective value of $ 396 million

According to him, the port designed to receive 11.6 million containers ( perfectly acceptable for Azerbaijan ) was supposed to come into operation in 2011 , and in 2015 was to reach full capacity. In Azerbaijan, the government chose " the largest and most beautiful logistics center in the region ." The result was the expensive Dutch project.


Silk Wind, getting China closer to Europe

?????????? ??????????????? ???????The first high-speed train, a part of the Silk Wind project, which will ensure the container transport on the China-Europe axis, will be launched this year. Within this project, the four states involved prepare the documentation for the signature of the intergovernmental agreement. After the completion of the infrastructure projects on this route, the Silk Wind train will cover the distance between West China and Istanbul in only 12 days.

The creation of the first high-speed train for container transport on the route China-Kazakhstan-Caspian region-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey-Europe (with a total length of 4,192 km), will be launched this year, but the countries participating in this project have not signed it yet. “The first block train will be formed on the route as part of the Silk Wind project next summer if the project partners sign the agreement in Astana by next spring. Much depends on Kazakhstan’s railways and on the Chinese direction. Basically, today Kazakhstan is working to attract cargo from China”, said National Secretary of TRACECA Intergovernmental Commission in Kazakhstan, Marat Saduov.
Initially, the Azerbaijani Government has agreed to sign the agreement on the Silk Wind, but now it has reconsidered the option, which would require a change.
To start the project, the working group meeting (at the end of February) gathered experts from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey who have negotiated the elaboration of the intergovernmental agreement for which a number of suggestions and comments have been applied, explained Akif Mustafayev, Secretary General of TRACECA in Azerbaijan.
“The Kazakh side has proposed a tough schedule of legalization of the agreement, assuming its initialling in April in Tbilisi and its signing in May in Astana. Of course, a lot will depend here on the completion of the internal procedures in the countries involved. In our opinion, if the agreement is signed in 2014 and its realization is launched, it will be a stunning success of the project,” Mustafayev said.
Likewise, according to the system proposed by Kazakhstan, the containers from China will be delivered by rail to Aktau and from there by ferry to Baku and then by rail to the Georgian ports and by ferry to the ports in Turkey and Ukraine. In this final case, Silk Wind is combined with the Lithuanian-Ukrainian transport corridor Viking.
The countries participating in this project have highlighted their intention of implementing the project by adopting concrete measures aimed at establishing an adequate infrastructure which could provide uninterrupted, safe and high speed transport.
The service will accelerate the delivery of goods on China-Europe axis, a project which will determine the launch of new infrastructure projects such as Zhezkazgan-Beyneu line (Kazakhstan), Alyat Port (Azerbaijan), Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey) and Marmaray line (Turkey).

The states involved carry out infrastructure projects

For Kazakhstan, the project represents a stimulus for the development of the business environment, the transport and logistics system. Currently, Kazakhstan carries out infrastructure projects such as Altynkol station for trains to pass the Chinese border. “To ensure the transport of freight through Altynkol, a volume estimated at 25 million tonnes a year, according to the development plan of the station, six additional lines have to be built, as well as a car yard”, declared the director of KTZ branch in Almaty, Syezbek Alishev. Within the project, two terminals will be rebuilt and a third terminal will be commissioned for the transhipment of containers, the processing capacity being increased to 1,216 cars a day (over 14 million tonnes a year).
Another project for Silk Wind (on the Kazakh territory) is the launch of Zhetygen-Korgas line (293 km), which has an important role in reducing the distance from the Chinese border to the regions in southern Kazakhstan, Central Asia and the port of Aktau. Also, the transit capacity has been significantly increased due to the construction of the line Uzen-Turkmenistan border (146 km), Eraliev-Kuryk line section (14 km) and Arkalyk – Shubarkol (200 km) and Zhezkazgan-Beyneu lines (1000 km). “By launching the Zhezkazgan Beyneu and Arkalyk – Shubarkol lines, we can offer customers and trading partners the shortest direction for the freight transit from Europe to Asia (and vice versa)”, declared the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, on the occasion of the presentation of projects (at the end of 2013).
Azerbaijan also implements transport infrastructure development projects, the most important one being the International Port and logistics centre in Alat, located about 70 km from Baku. The Port is located at the crossroads of two major transport corridors: East-West and North-South, an area where there are the Azerbaijan rail and road networks and it is considered as a vital point of freight transit for the trade between Europe and Asia. The new port is built in three phases on an area of 400 hectares, of which 100 will be for the international logistics centre. For the implementation of the first stage, the value amounts to USD 760 Million, an investment which will stimulate the growth of the freight volume to 10 million tonnes and 40,000 TEU and the investments for the execution of the second phase will increase the capacity to 17 million tonnes and 150,000 TEU. The completion of the entire project (including the third phase) will determine the increase of freight volumes to over 21 million tonnes and 1 million TEU. The port will always be a reference point for Azerbaijan within the Silk Wind project, but it will also contribute in the optimization of the container transport on the TRACECA Corridor, in the development of logistics services for the increase of the attractiveness of TRACECA route regarding the reduction of the travel time and costs. Also, this will determine the execution of transport hub in the Caspian region, the facilitation of intermodality and the development of container transport in the Caspian region.
Also, to attract the flow of goods, the Azerbaijani Government is implementing the development programme of railway transport using state financial resources and credits allocated by the World Bank.
Meanwhile, along with Georgia and Turkey, Azerbaijan executes the project Baku-Tbilisi- Kars, a line to be commissioned next year.