International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) inaugurated the expansion of its Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT), which aims to optimise the process of existing cargo flows and install additional capacity.
The inauguration was attended by the Georgian minister of economy and sustainable development Giorgi Kobulia and the chairman of the government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara Tornike Rizhvadze.
Senior executives from the terminal’s principal customer, MSC, and ICTSI’s senior vice president and Europe, Middle East and Africa Head also attended the event.
Madsen said: “A comprehensive dredging programme, undertaken in cooperation with Batumi Sea Port, provides an 11.5m draught in the port’s fairway and alongside BICT’s quay line allowing easy access for feedermax vessels at the port and making it Georgia’s deepest draught port.”
ICTSI has also established a new container freight station (CFS) at the terminal complete with a 180m rail spur to facilitate cross-stuffing from containers to rail cars and expanded container and truck storage areas.
A new, dedicated two-lane gate complex has been introduced to BICT following the completion of a new highway to Batumi.
The overall development programme for BICT brings the terminal’s annual container handling capacity to 200,000 teu and boosts its general cargo and dry bulk handling capacities.
The Georgian government has plans to grow Georgia’s role as a transport-logistic hub serving the Caucasus and Central Asia.
The Port of Batumi offers all-year round access without closures due to high winds, unlike Georgia’s other major port, Potti, according to ICTSI.