Cargo turnover at Georgian Black Sea ports
By Messenger Staff
Thursday, July 11Georgia has two ports at the Black Sea: Batumi and Poti. It used to have Sukhumi as well, which is currently under Russian occupation. Georgia’s previous administration under President Mikheil Saakashvili was promoting and started constructing a new port called Lazika. However, it has been suspended since the Georgian Dream coalition came to power. Unfortunately, to the country’s economy, even the existing two ports do not work at full capacity; therefore the need for a third is out of question. So, for the time being, the Lazika project is frozen. Now Poti, Batumi, Supsa (run by BP) and Azerbaijani owned Kulevi Oil Terminals are actively involved in the export-import. As the Ministry of Economy reports, Batumi port has transported 16 million tons of cargo in May; Poti port – 14 million tons of cargo; Supsa – 8.5 million tons, and Kulevi – 5.3 million tons. This information is based on Rezonansi newspaper.