The Poti Sea Port is the largest port in Georgia, handling liquids, dry bulk, passenger ferries and 80% 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 70 million investment
Since purchasing the port in April 2011, APM Terminals has invested over USD 70 million upgrading the outdated port infrastructure and service facilities, including the construction of a new Customs Center, and new rail and truck facilities.
A grain processing terminal with potential of 500,000 ton annual capacity was opened in May 2013, opening an alternate route for Central Asian wheat exports to the Black Sea and Mediterranean regions. This was followed by a new Inland Container Terminal in 2014.
The next phase of the expansion plan, with projected completion in 2018, includes two new deep-water berths able to accommodate vessels of 9,000 TEU capacity and an annual throughput capacity of one million TEUs.
Deep-water mega port
The planned new quay to be constructed in front of the existing Inland Container Terminal, will enable full integration of the terminal yard, road and rail infrastructure into the expanded deep-water Mega-Port facility.
On completion, the fully built-out mega-port will have an annual cargo throughput capacity of 50 million tons and 2 million TEUs. With a water depth of up to 16 meters the port will be able to accommodate the largest vessels calling the Black Sea. An adjacent industrial and free trade zone complements the projected cargo throughput growth.
APM Terminals Poti is ISO 9001-2008 certified. This supports its Quality Management System for cargo handling operations, cargo storage, ship servicing in the port, crew and passenger safety assurance.