Anaklia Development Consortium appointed SSA Marine as the terminal operator for the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. The appointment follows a rigorous selection process, in which seven major international companies took part.
SSA Marine is one of the largest terminal operators in the world and is headquartered in Seattle, United States. The company oversees more than 250 strategic operations across five continents, servicing 27.2 million containers (TEU) and managing terminals in nine different countries. In addition, SSA Marine handles over 75 million tonnes of dry bulk globally, manages cruise ship operations in Mexico and the United States and operates over 30 intermodal rail ramps for U.S. Class I railroads.
Levan Akhvlediani, CEO of the Anaklia Development Consortium, commented: “We are pleased to have concluded the selection process and to have found such a renowned partner for the project. SSA Marine has extensive international experience and is one of the world’s leading port operators, making it the ideal choice for the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. The company joins Conti Group and Van Oord as international partners working on this landmark project.”
Bob Watters, Senior Vice-President at SSA Marine, added: “We are proud to be a partner in a promising and an ambitious project like the Anaklia Deep Sea Port. A modern deep-sea, all weather port is exactly what the Republic of Georgia requires to become a true logistics hub. The prospects for cargo growth in Georgia and Central Asia along the Southern Corridor are very exciting.”
The Anaklia Development Consortium has completed all feasibility works and is continuing to work on the EIA report, which has been distributed for public review and discussion. The preliminary design for phase 1 is set to be submitted to the Georgian Government as scheduled on June 30, 2017. The consortium plans to start construction by the end of this year, with the operational launch of phase 1 scheduled for 2020