A new international port will be built in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan, on the coast of the Caspian Sea. Its total area of will exceed 645,000 square meters; the structure of this facility will include modern shipbuilding and repair yards. According to the maritime industry sources, the preliminary estimates read that the plants will be capable of building 4-6 ships annually for the needs of the Turkmen fleet, while also repairing 20-30 vessels during the same period.
According to experts, the commissioning of these two high-tech shipbuilding and ship-repair factories will give Turkmenistan the opportunity to optimize the expenses on maintenance of the national fleet. In the long term, this will lead to an increase in the country´s trade capacity, making it a key player on the regional arena.
As part of this project, plans are afoot to build a container terminal with an area of 249,000 square meters, and a road-ferry passenger terminal with a total area of 230,000 square meters. The port complex will also include a bulk cargo terminal, a general loading terminal, a polypropylene terminal, and the shipbuilding and repair plants. All these facilities will be located on a total area of 166,000 square meters. The total area of the new port will exceed 645,000 square meters.
According to specialists, the shipyard will be able to perform a complete cycle of repair of ships of various purposes. As for construction of new vessels, it will be carried out at the shipyard with involvement modern automated systems and process equipment.