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Azerbaijan launches feeder ship service for cargo transportation

Christian Fernsby |
Azerbaijan's national railway operator, Azerbaijan Railways, began operating its new feeder ship on Monday as part of efforts to minimize the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on trans-logistics services between Turkey and Central Asia.

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The feeder vessel, dubbed Balkan, connects the Baku International Sea Trade Port, known also as Port of Baku, to Turkmenistan’s International Seaport of Turkmenbashi.

The connection is established under a cooperation agreement signed between the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

The 120 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container ship will reportedly be operated by ADY Container, a subsidiary of Azerbaijan Railways, and carry goods coming from Turkey.

Feeder ships are medium-sized freight ships used to pick up containers from smaller ports and deliver to larger vessels for their main voyage.

As part of the first stage of Balkan’s voyage, cargo supplied from Turkey in trucks was converted into containers and loaded onto the feeder on April 13.

The ship is expected to deliver a total of 62 containers, including 20, 40 and 45-feet freight containers to the port of Turkmenbashi.

At the next stage, trains from Istanbul and the port of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast will be brought to the Baku Port, loaded on Balkan and other ships, and then transported to Central Asia.

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