Kazakhstan set to build shipyard, launch river cargo transportation

Kazakhstan set to build shipyard, launch river cargo transportation

A container hub projected along the coast of the Caspian Sea will allow to increase container transportation capacity up to 300,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. The Kazakh Transport Ministry revealed plans to commence its construction at the Aktau seaport, alongside modernizing berth infrastructure and constructing three new terminals at the Kuryk port. Additionally, the possibility of building a shipyard on the Caspian Sea is being analysed as part of expanding the country’s merchant fleet. At the same time, there is a need for the construction of modern vessels, including tankers, dry cargo ships, and multipurpose ferry boats. All these measures will be outlined in a comprehensive plan for maritime infrastructure development until 2030. Furthermore, for the full utilization of the potential of river transport, it is proposed to establish a multimodal transit corridor Russia - Kazakhstan - China, using the transboundary Irtysh River. This will significantly improve transportation connectivity among these countries. Scientific research is planned to determine the possibility of increasing river depth to facilitate navigation. Future plans include the construction of a port complex near the Tugyl settlement, with the subsequent creation of a railway connection to the border with China. According to preliminary estimates, the volume of freight transportation via the new route could reach 2-2.5 million tonnes. The project also envisages the possibility of access to Russia’s northern seas through the Ob-Irtysh basin. Another strategic direction is the restoration of export shipments via the Ural-Caspian Canal, with an estimated transport capacity of one million tonnes.