The Black Sea deep-water port “Anaklia”, the construction of which started in December 2017, will become a sea gate for cargo from the USA, the UAE and Africa to the countries of Europe and Central Asia.
As part of Georgia’s participation in the transport and logistics project “Lapis Lazuli”, which united it into one system with Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey, and the Trans-Caspian international transport route, goods imported through the Strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean ports, and through it – Black Sea, can be shipped faster to the countries of the Caspian region.
From the Caspian states, goods will be sent along the revived Great Silk Road to the countries of Central Asia and straight to the Pacific coast – to China, Japan, Korea, etc.
Prior to Anaklia, Georgia was unable to receive about 75% of the ships plying the Black Sea, since its ports were not equipped for mooring large vessels of the Panamax and Postpanamax classes with a payload of 50-150 thousand tons and a draft of up to 17 meters.
With the commissioning of the new sea gate, everything should change qualitatively. After the implementation of the first and second phases of construction by 2030, Anaklia will be able to receive up to 14 million tons of cargo. By the 2070s, this figure will increase to 100 million.
Not far from the port under construction, the construction of an international airport is planned, which will also be included in the transport and logistics system.