New domestic service connecting Turkey and Central Asia
A new container and general cargo shipping line from Marmara to the Caspian Sea, via Russian waterways, saw the completion of its test trip late last month, connecting Turkey to the strategically important region of Central Asia. As dry cargo written, the new maritime route, called the Turkey – Caspian line, which will be jointly launched by P&O Maritime Logistics with the support of DP World Yarimca and several other companies of the DP World group, will for the first time provide regular container transport between these markets .
The Turkey – Caspian line offers advantages in terms of speed and cost, while reducing carbon emissions by 17% compared to road transport. Efficient door-to-door delivery will be offered through selected third-party logistics partnerships for onward transport to landlocked areas of Central Asia – providing customers with streamlined, hassle-free service.
In 2020, around $ 31.2 billion in trade took place between Turkey, Russia and Central Asia1. The region accounts for 6% of Turkey’s exports and 9.6% of Turkey’s imports. In the same year, $ 17.8 billion in imports and $ 4.5 billion in exports were made with Russia, one of Turkey’s major trading partners.
As these markets are among Turkey’s most important trading partners, P&O Maritime Logistics is well positioned to facilitate even closer trade connections between Turkish companies and the region through DP World Yarimca with direct shipment via Russian river systems within ports of Aktau and Turkmenbashi in the Caspian Sea.
The new line using P&O Maritime Logistics’ Multi Carrying Vessel (MCV) will mainly transport containerized products such as industrial machinery, building materials, textiles, cosmetics, white goods and marble, while additionally offering a convenient service for bulk goods and projects.
MCV type vessels are ideally suited for navigating Russian rivers and it is expected that at least two more vessels will be equipped and classified for container transport for the launch of the new line in the coming months.
DP World Yarimca’s state-of-the-art container terminal, is now one of the largest in the Gulf of Izmit and Turkey, with a capacity of 1.3 million TEUs and offering specialized solutions such as super quay cranes -Post Panamax and electrified rubber. gantry cranes (e-RTG). During the test trip, these modern facilities allowed extremely fast turnaround of vessels, greatly contributing to the efficiency of the service.
Kris Adams, CEO of DP World Yarimca, said: “The new Turkey – Caspian line between Turkey and the Caspian Sea makes the movement of goods easier and less expensive. With our knowledge of the commercial networks between these countries, we aim to support our customers to be more competitive in these markets. “With the explosion of trade between these regions, the opening of a new sea route will undoubtedly be a boon for companies operating in these markets.”
Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics, said: “There is immense potential to increase the efficiency of trade between Turkey, Russia and Central Asia. P&O Maritime Logistics was selected because of its ability to transport both general cargo and containers, which is the type of cargo that travels on this route.
“As land transport represents 95% of total carbon emissions in the transport sector, this new river-sea route is more profitable and more environmentally friendly than freight transport.
“With this solution, we can reduce carbon emissions by 17% or 0.5 tonne per container, which allows the customer to save on average 10-20% of the cost compared to trucking and bring the cargo to destination 15% faster than rail, which provides our customers with a range of advantages. “