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20 merchant ships will operate under Kazakhstan flag in the Caspian Sea – the Minister

07 February, 12:44 350
20 merchant ships will operate under Kazakhstan flag in the Caspian Sea – the Minister

Now, 12 merchant ships operate in the Caspian Sea.

Until 2025, the Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan plans to increase the number of merchant ships to 20. This was announced by head of the Ministry Zhenis Kassymbek at the plenary meeting of the Majilis of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Minister presented the bill of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On ratification of the 2005 Protocol to the Convention on Combating Illegal Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation", and also spoke about the important factors in the organization of international maritime transports in Kazakhstan.

"Last year in December, the head of state launched the work of the ferry complex of the port of Kuryk in the Caspian Sea port of Aktau, where there is a railway ferry, an automobile ferry. Kazakhstan formed and forms about 30% of the total cargo traffic. It is important to underline that we transported the cargo through our port. 12 merchant ships operate under the Kazakhstan flag. They are 8 tankers and 4 dry cargo ships – “KTZ Express”, a subsidiary of KTZ. It is planned over the next 2-3 years to obtain two more railway and automobile ferries, and by 2025 it is planned that 20 merchant ships will operate on the Caspian Sea under our flag,” Zhenis Kassymbek said.

As the head of the Ministry for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan noted, last year the sea merchant ships actively started to work through the Volga-Don to Turkey and Greece.

"In a winter period, when there is not enough cargo, our ships operate in the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea. In general, 300 auxiliary ships are working under the Kazakhstan flag in the Caspian Sea, mainly in Kashagan. The security issues are current for today,” the Minister said.

It should be noted that the bill was approved by the deputies of the Majilis.

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