Marine construction work at Anaklia Deep Sea Port has commenced with work on the dredging of the approach channel and harbour area reports Dag Pike.

This new harbour will become the major port for Georgia on the Black Sea. The maritime works for the port will be carried out by one of the most advanced and technically capable dredging vessels ever built. The vessel, the Athena, is owned by Dutch company Van Oord, and will be deployed for the dredging and reclamation work. The dredging will include the removal of 5 million cubic metres of sand from the sea and delivering the dredged material to the port area via 2.5kms of floating pipe. Van Oord was awarded this contract in July 2018 through an international tender announced by the Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC).

Construction during the first phase of the new port will include dredging of the channels to 16 metres and the reclamation of 15 million cubic metres of sand for the filling of the terminal area. The port will be protected by a 1.6km long breakwater which will be constructed using 1.3 million tonnes of rock and concrete armour units whilst the quay will be 825 metres long with multifunctional capabilities along with 110 hectares of paved container yard area. The main quays will be dedicated as a container terminal with separate provision for handling bulk cargoes with bulk cargo storage inland from the container area.

Construction of Anaklia Deep Sea Port started in December 2017 with the preliminary land construction works and the first phase of the development. Anaklia Deep Sea Port is scheduled to be operational by December 2020. The port infrastructure built during the first phase will enable the port to dock 10,000 TEU Panamax and Post-Panamax vessels, which can’t be docked at other seaports in Georgia. At the time of its opening and after phase one is put into operation in 2021, Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be able to handle 1 million TEU (containers) and 1.5 million tons of dry bulk.

Anaklia Deep Sea Port will be constructed in nine phases with future expansion taking place as the demand increases. The total investment value of the project is US$ 2.5 billion.