Kazakhstan to develop river fleet

Kazakhstan to develop river fleet

Kazakhstan is set to develop exports through the Zhaiyk River, which will become a transit route. The Ministry of Transport is currently working on the development of the route ‘Atyrau – Zhaiyk – Caspian Canal – Trans-Caspian International Transport Route’. The project is slated for implementation in 2026.

“To implement this route and restore the navigational parameters of the Zhaiyk-Caspian Canal, the ministry has planned canal bed dredging for 2024-2025. This will increase the depth by 2.5-3 meters, ensuring the safe passage of large-capacity vessels through the canal. Promising cargoes for this route include the transport of sulfur and polypropylene. The implementation of this route is expected to boost transportation volumes to one million tonnes,” said Nursultan Yakhiden, chief expert at the Kazakh Ministry of Transport.

Furthermore, the ministry is working on the development of a multimodal transit corridor. This initiative aims to facilitate the opening of a new freight route connecting China and Russia through the cross-border Yertis River.