Kazakhstan: first automobile ferry sent from Kuryk port on Caspian coast

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ASTANA (TCA) — The first automobile ferry with Kazakhstan and transit cargoes has been sent from the Kuryk ferry complex on Kazakhstan’s Caspian Sea coast, the press service of Kazakhstan’s national railways company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) said.

The first automobile ferry transported 29 trucks and one passenger car. The transported goods included agricultural products and construction materials of Kazakhstan producers.

“Kuryk port has great prospects, and after the launch of an automobile infrastructure cargo traffic along the route through Kuryk will only grow,” says the ferry captain Ayaz Pirmuradov.

Vice-President of KTZ Baurzhan Urynbasarov said that since the beginning of 2017 more than 1 million 350 thousand tons of cargo has been transported through Kuryk port by rail ferries with the plan of 700 thousand tons.

“The new car ferry complex will handle an additional 2 million tons of cargo annually on new export and import routes, towards the Caucasus, Turkey and the countries of Southern Europe and back,” he added.

An automobile pier with hydraulic structures was launched in the port of Kuryk during a national teleconference on December 6. The ferry complex at Kuryk is a modern marine infrastructure facility with a railway and automobile component, convenient for handling cargo.

The Kuryk ferry complex is an important link in the New Silk Road, which contributes to the successful implementation of the transit and transport potential of Kazakhstan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA