The Danish company Maersk, specializing in maritime cargo transportation and port terminal services, has introduced a new intermodal service. This service connects the port of Poti in Georgia with Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan via a route known as the Middle Corridor. The service will run on a weekly basis and there are plans to expand it to other countries in the region, including Turkmenistan, in the future, the Agency for Transport and Communications under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan reported on Friday.
The Poti port will play a crucial role in this new service provided by Maersk. It aims to integrate markets in the United States, Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Far East. Goods from these regions will be consolidated in Poti and then transported by rail to the port of Baku in Azerbaijan. From there, they will continue their journey across the Caspian Sea to the Kazakh port of Aktau.
The rail service in Kazakhstan will extend to cities such as Almaty, Astana, and Tashkent. This expansion also presents an opportunity to enhance rail connections with neighboring countries, including Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.
On September 13, Maersk introduced its first vessel powered by biofuel. This dual-fuel vessel is capable of using both traditional liquid fuels and methanol. According to Maersk, when using methanol, the vessel emits 100 tons less carbon dioxide per day compared to conventional diesel fuel. On September 14, the vessel successfully completed its inaugural sea voyage near Copenhagen.