Turkmenistan: World’s largest port below sea level opens in Turkmenbashi

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part in the opening ceremony of a new international cargo and passenger seaport on the Caspian Sea, in Turkmenbashi on Wednesday. «Probably it's time to carefully consider the importance of the Great Silk Road revival in this century,» he noted. According to the former Dutch Transport Minister Roelf de Boer, «it is the port with everything on it... Еще: passengers, cargoes, containers — even up to 400,000 TUs a year.» During the opening ceremony the port received two Guinness world record diplomas. It was recognised as the largest harbor port below sea level with the largest artificial island below sea level. The $1.5 billion (€1.25bn) seaport spreads over 1.3 square kilometers, and according to the Turkmenistan's state it will triple Turkmenistan's cargo handling capacity. The cargo terminal includes a common cargo terminal, a bulk cargo terminal, a container terminal and a polypropylene terminal.

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