Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) has appointed the US-based SSA Marine as the terminal operator for the Anaklia Deep Sea Port in the Black Sea Region.
“We are pleased to have concluded the selection process and to have found a … partner for the project. SSA Marine has extensive international experience and is one of the world’s leading port operators, making it the ideal choice for the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. The company joins Conti Group and Van Oord as international partners working on this … project,” Levan Akhvlediani, CEO of the Anaklia Development Consortium, commented.
“We are proud to be a partner in a promising and an ambitious project like the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. A modern deep-sea, all-weather port is exactly what the Republic of Georgia requires to become a true logistics hub. The prospects for cargo growth in Georgia and Central Asia along the Southern Corridor are very exciting,” Bob Watters, Senior Vice-President at SSA Marine, added.
In October 2016, the Government of Georgia and the Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) inked an investment agreement for the construction and operation of the port.
Under the agreement, the country’s government grants the ADC, comprised of TBC Holding from Georgia and Conti International from the USA, the exclusive right to construct, develop and operate the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. The port is expected to help establish a new maritime corridor from China to Europe, restoring the historic Silk Road.
The ADC said it has completed all feasibility works and is continuing to work on the EIA report, which has been distributed for public review and discussion. The preliminary design for the first phase is set to be submitted to the Georgian government as scheduled on June 30, 2017.
The consortium plans to start the construction by the end of this year, with the operational launch of the first phase scheduled for 2020.
Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be constructed on about 400 hectares of land as the country’s government granted the ADC rights to use the land for a period of 52 years. After completion of all phases, the port would have the capacity to serve 100 million tons of freight turnover.