Den­mark wel­comes col­lab­o­ra­tion in ports in­dus­try

Azer News - - Front Page - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

Den­mark wel­comes col­lab­o­ra­tion with Azer­bai­jan in ports in­dus­try, Dan­ish Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Svend Olling told Trend.

He went on to say that the ports in­dus­try in Den­mark is well renowned and known for its high level of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions.

“Dan­ish en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies can pro­vide a wide ar­ray of com­pe­tences in coastal en­gi­neer­ing, port plan­ning and de­sign and their con­sul­tancy is of high qual­ity. This has most re­cently re­sulted in the Ram­boll Group sign­ing of a bil­lion dol­lar con­tract in Al­ge­ria,” said the en­voy.

He un­der­lined that the task is to ex­tend the big­gest har­bour in the coun­try with the ex­per­tise from Dan­ish en­gi­neers.

Fur­ther, Olling noted that Den­mark is happy about the pos­si­bil­i­ties pro­vided by the es­tab­lish­ment of the Baku-Tbil­isi-Kars (BTK) rail­way in terms of its abil­ity to con­nect coun­tries and in­crease the trade and in­vest­ments across borders.

As for the pos­si­bil­ity of Den­mark’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in BTK, the diplo­mat said it is still too early to say how Den­mark can take part in the project, as it is still in its early phase no Dan­ish stake­hold­ers have ex­pressed in­ter­est so far.

On Oc­to­ber 30, a solemn cer­e­mony on the oc­ca­sion of the open­ing of the BTK rail­way was held at the Baku In­ter­na­tional Sea Trade Port. Two trains from Kaza­khstan to Turk­ish Mersin have al­ready been sent via this route. The first train, con­sist­ing of 30 con­tain­ers, on Novem­ber 4, de­liv­ered 600 tons of wheat to the Turk­ish city of Mersin. The sec­ond freight train left Kaza­khstan on Novem­ber 27. The train has al­ready reached Ge­or­gia.

The BTK rail­way is con­structed on the ba­sis of the Azer­bai­jan-Ge­or­gia-Tur­key in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment. The main pur­pose of the project is to im­prove eco­nomic re­la­tions between the three coun­tries and at­tract for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment by con­nect­ing Europe and Asia.

In fact, the BTK rail­way route is the short­est way to de­liver cargo from the Rus­sian re­gions lo­cated in the Volga, Ural and Siberian Fed­eral Dis­tricts to the Mediter­ranean ports of Tur­key, and fur­ther to the coun­tries of Africa and the Mid­dle East.

The project im­ple­men­ta­tion be­gan in 2007 and con­struc­tion be­gan in 2008. The line is in­tended to trans­port one mil­lion pas­sen­gers and 6.5 mil­lion tons of freight at the first stage. This ca­pac­ity will then reach 3 mil­lion pas­sen­gers and 17 mil­lion tons of cargo.

The Baku In­ter­na­tional Sea Trade Port is lo­cated on an area of 400 hectares of land, of which about 100-115 ha cover the area for the de­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­na­tional Lo­gis­tics and Trade Zone. The north­ern ar­eas around the port are re­served for fu­ture ex­pan­sion of lo­gis­tics, in­dus­trial, and man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­tiv­ity.

The Port is ex­pected to be­come one of the lead­ing trade and lo­gis­tics hubs of Eura­sia. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of all three phases of con­struc­tion is pro­jected to in­crease the ca­pac­ity up to 7,660 tons on a daily ba­sis.

The cargo han­dling ca­pac­ity of the port, opened on May 14, 2018 with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev, within the first phase is 15 mil­lion tons, in­clud­ing 100,000 con­tain­ers per year. Seven of 12 ex­ist­ing berths serve dry cargo ships, two berths - fer­ries, two more berths - Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax ves­sels.

Azer­bai­jan and Den­mark are co­op­er­at­ing in sev­eral fields and the re­la­tion­ship is good between the two coun­tries.

In­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Azer­bai­jan are of big in­ter­est to Dan­ish com­pa­nies. A good ex­am­ple is the beer in­dus­try with the Dan­ish com­pany Carls­berg in front. Other than that, Den­mark and Azer­bai­jan are both mem­bers of the Coun­cil of Europe and the OSCE, which means the two coun­tries have good pos­si­bil­i­ties for co­op­er­a­tion.

The en­ergy sec­tor is one in which both Azer­bai­jan and Den­mark are on the fore­front, and co­op­er­a­tion is there­fore very rel­e­vant.

More­over, Den­mark is a world leader in the area of green en­ergy and re­new­able and has one of the most sus­tain­able en­ergy sys­tems in the world. Den­mark is keen to pro­mote this in Azer­bai­jan as well.

The trade turnover between the states amounted to $17.56 mil­lion in 2017.

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