A formal ceremony commemorating the kickoff of the construction of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port started on December 24, 2017. The ceremony was attanded by Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, government officials, Mamuka Khazaradze, founder of the Anaklia Development Consortium and the management of the consortium.
Phase I of construction works of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be carried out in 2017-2021 on a 110 hectares area of land. Port infrastructure to be built during these years will enable Georgia to receive 10,000 TEU’s and both Panamax and Post-Panamax vessels, in stark contrast to other seaports in Georgia currently in operation. At the time of its opening and after phase I has been put into operation in 2021, Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be able to handle 900 000 TEU containers and 1.5 million tons of dry bulk.
Construction will encompass the following:
• Dredging of the port’s maritime area, turning basin and access channel up to 16 meters;
• dredging 15 million cubic meters of sand that will be reclaimed on the shore to surcharge the terminal area. This process will help to consolidate, compact and strengthen the soil underneath the terminal and reclaim the swamp habitant area (a new swamp habitat is planned to be created at an altemate location later on);
• The construction of a 1.6 km long breakwater which will be constructed using 1.3 million tons of rock and concrete;
• The construction of a 625 meters long quay wall with multifunctional capabilities, as well as 110 hectares of land for paved container yard port operations, customs and other supportive buildings;
The investment value for phase I is 540 million USD.
The Anaklia Deep Sea Port
The Port close to the village of Anaklia is being developed on 340ha. It is a 9 phase design worth the total of 2.5bn USD.
During the preparatory works of the project started in October 2016, together with the international partners and consultants, such as Van Oord, MTBS, Moffatt and Nichol and Royal HaskoningDHV, the Anaklia Development Consortium conducted over 50 engineering, marine and flora and fauna surveys and drafted the preliminary design of the deep-sea port, the 50 year master plan, as well as the Environment Impact Assessment Report.
In 2017, Anaklia City started development works for the townAnaklia and a special economic zone. The Company contacted over 100 of its international counterparts and signed memoranda of understanding with several of them. It also held a tender for the firms to take on preparation of the Anaklia City economic analysis, the feasibility study and the master plan.
Due to its advantages: the strategic location, high capacity, potential for the special economic zone and well developed logistic services, the Anaklia Deep Sea Port is strategically important to Georgia, since the country may become a significant East-West marine gateway, regain its role in the new Silk Road corridor and, eventually, a logistic hub.