Representatives of the Turkmenbashi International Seaport, the Türkmendeňizderýaýollary (Turkmen Maritime and River Transport) Agency, and other relevant ministries and agencies discussed international standards in port management and maritime logistics at an OSCE-organized online seminar held in Ashgabat on August 30-31.
The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat organized the event to share OSCE best practices and lessons learned in ensuring effective port administration, maintaining regular and timely freight, and promoting ‘green standards’ in port operations, according to the centre’s press release.
In his opening statement, William Leaf, Officer-in-Charge of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, said “the Turkmenbashi International Seaport is an important link within the maritime transport system of Central Asia and, performing the functions of the large transit hub in the Eurasian region, is of great geopolitical importance”.
Three high-ranking maritime officials from the Russian Federation introduced participants to the organizational structure of the services of port captains, considered issues of systemic management of the port complex’s environmental safety and elaborated on best practices in the implementation of adequate oil spill response measures.
The project supported the national participation in and the implementation of the OSCE Extra-Budgetary Project “Promoting Green Ports and Connectivity in the Caspian Sea Region” in Turkmenistan.