Aktau Commercial Seaport has become the first port in Kazakhstan to receive Port Environmental Assessment System (SEEP) certification and EcoPort status from the European Seaports Organization (EMPO), Chairman of the Board Aktau Port Authority Abai Turikpenbaev said during his speech at the forum “Transit and transport cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union: prospects for the development of the Trans-Caspian international transport route”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan said in a statement Press.
The certification was carried out as part of the EcoPorts project, a globally recognized standard for environmental management in ports and port terminals.
The OSCE EcoPorts project, launched in 2019, aims to develop maritime and transcontinental freight transport infrastructure, simplify customs procedures through the introduction of digitalization, and train and educate national specialists. The certificate offers the possibility to expand relations with European ports in order to reduce the negative impact of ports on the environment, as well as to improve the environmental situation in the Caspian region. Corresponding work on obtaining green certification is also being carried out by the Port of Kuryk.
Given the adaptation of trade routes and supply chains to the international political and economic situation, the demand for services from Kazakh ports has increased sharply this year.
The total transshipment of goods in the five months of 2022 in the port of Aktau has already amounted to 97% of the total for the entire previous year (2021) – 1.534 thousand tons in 5 months of 2022 against 1.594 thousand tonnes for the whole of 2021- and container transshipment increased by 115% (16,267 TEU) compared to the same period in 2021.
In the port of Kuryk, since the beginning of 2022, the transshipment volume amounted to more than 70% of the same indicator for the whole of 2021 – more than 700 thousand tons in the first five months of 2022 against 1 million tonnes for the whole of 2021.
Given the growing demand for terminal services, the Port of Aktau is creating a container hub designed to transform traffic flows in the Central Asian region. By the end of 2022, it is planned to attract two additional specialized container ships to the current 5 supply ships in the direction of Aktau-Baku-Aktau.
The day before the conference, the port of Antwerp hosted a technical visit by a delegation of the leaders of TITR (Trans-Caspian International Transport Route), TRACECA (Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia) and several Kazakh ports. The port of Antwerp is Belgium’s main container port and nicknamed “the gateway to Europe”; in the EU it is second only to the neighboring port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Following this visit, during the conference, discussions took place on the possibility for Kazakh port workers to participate in training courses on port infrastructure and management in Antwerp.