Kazakhstan inaugurates automobile ferry terminal on Caspian Sea
Photo provided by Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Office showing a general view of a TV show where 25 High Technology projects were presented, in Astana, Kazakhstan on Dec. 6, 2017. EPA-EFE/Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Office
Photo provided by Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Office showing (L-R) the head of Kazenergy Timur Kulibayev, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Investment and Development Minister Zhenis Kasymbek, and Labor Minister Tamara Duisenova, during a TV show where 25 High Technology projects were presented, in Astana, Kazakhstan on Dec. 6, 2017. EPA-EFE/Kazakhstan's Prime Minister Office
Astana, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- The president of Kazakhstan on Wednesday inaugurated an automobile ferry terminal at the Central Asian nation's Caspian Sea port of Kuryk.
"We opened a ferry crossing earlier, now a car ferry this year, and the Kuryk port is ready to open the 'Kuryk-Baku-Georgia-Turkey' route through the Bosphorus to Europe," Nursultan Nazarbayev said during a teleconference.
"Now we can say that Kazakhstan is not a landlocked country and has access to all the seas, including the Persian Gulf," he added.
For his part, the vice president of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, the Central Asian nation's national railway company, said this new complex would significantly boost the amount of cargo transported via the Caspian Sea.
"The port of Kuryk on the Caspian Sea is the key element of the Trans-Caspian transport corridor through which more than 1.2 million tons of cargo were shipped in 2017. The new automobile ferry complex will result in an additional 2 million tons of cargo per year," Bauyrzhan Urynbasarov said.
This new terminal is part of the overland "New Silk Road" initiative aimed at linking China and Europe via Kazakhstan.