The Poti Sea Port is the largest port in Georgia, handling liquids, dry bulk, passenger ferries and 85% of Georgia’s container traffic. The multi-purpose facility has 15 berths, a total quay length of 2,900 meters, more than 20 quay cranes and 17 km of rail track.
The port serves as a European gateway for international trade in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and is ideally located to become a hub for Central Asia trade. It offers direct ferry traffic with the Black Sea ports of Ukraine, Russia and Bulgaria and is connected to the nation’s railway network, with connection to all key cities in Georgia.
USD 80 million investment
Since purchasing the port in April 2011, APM Terminals has invested over USD 80 million upgrading the outdated port infrastructure and service facilities, including the construction of a new Customs Center, and new rail and truck facilities.
A Deep-Water Port Construction Project
In 2020, APM Terminals Poti announced its plans to create a deep-water port by investing over 250 million USD of private capital for phase 1 and a substantial amount for phase 2 in an extensive development of the port infrastructure and superstructure.
The expansion plan for Poti Sea Port that was presented to the Government of Georgia consists of two stages of construction and development. The first stage includes a breakwater of 1,700m and a 400m multipurpose quay with 13.5 m depth able to handle dry bulk cargo and an incremental 150,000 TEUs. This berth will be able accommodate container vessels of up to 9,000 TEU.
The second stage will include a 300m container quay equipped with 3 state-of-the-art STS cranes. It will double the annual container capacity at Poti Sea Port to over 1 million TEU.
The timeline for construction is estimated at 24-30 months, which will require close cooperation and support by the Georgian Government in ensuring all necessary permits are granted in a timely manner. And If as expected this is so, the first stage will be completed in Q2 2022.