Port Lagan

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to develop the infrastructure of ports in the Caspian Sea

The competition of seaports in the Caspian Sea region is increasing, neighboring countries are developing infrastructure, Russia needs to work actively in this direction, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the Russian Government.

Director of the Baku Seaport Taleh Ziyadov said that when in 2007 it was decided to remove the port infrastructure from the center of Baku, the new port in the village of Alyat was built almost from scratch. This ambitious task was implemented in seven years, and already in 2014 the first terminal of the new port complex was opened, and now the Baku port continues to develop actively. And here, as the Minister of Economic Development of Russia Maxim Reshetnikov said, we need to move faster and catch up with other Caspian countries in the development of port infrastructure.

The heads of Iranian shipping companies told us that having visited all Russian ports in the Caspian, they clearly highlight the location of the promising port of Lagan with the possibility of year-round navigation, proximity to the Volga-Caspian sea shipping channel and, most importantly, the potential for development. Undoubtedly, in Lagan it is necessary to provide for large-scale dredging, but in the north of the Caspian this is already a traditional problem. I was surprised when I learned that even in the Baku port, significant work was carried out to drench the water area and the seven-kilometer approach channel.

It is significant enough that the implementation of the investment project of the port in Lagan and the creation of the Lagansky terminal of the port of Astrakhan were discussed twice this year at a representative round table in the Federation Council, with the participation of the Russian Ministry of Transport and Rosmorrechflot. Recently, cargo transportation along the international transport corridor "North-South" has significantly increased, and in the new economic conditions, the port project in Lagan can become part of this corridor, strengthening Russia's port capacities in the Caspian Sea. On the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, the Head of Kalmykia, Batu Khasikov, said that strengthening the port infrastructure would provide a synergistic effect for all Russian Caspian regions and for the country as a whole.
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