P&O Maritime Logistics launches new inland river route from Caspian Sea to DP World Yarimca

18 May 2021


  • Trial container voyage from Caspian Sea to Yarimca marks the beginnings of new river-sea route connecting Central Asia directly with Turkey
  • Connection between Marmara region and the Caspian Sea will offer a boost to Turkish & Central Asian trade with lower door to door costs and streamlined transportation of goods for importers and exporters

Istanbul, Turkey – A new container and breakbulk shipping line from Marmara to the Caspian Sea, via the Russian inland waterways, saw the completion of its trial voyage at the end of last month, connecting Turkey to the strategically-important region of Central Asia.

The new shipping route, called the Turkey – Caspian line, to be jointly launched by P&O Maritime Logistics with the support of DP World Yarimca and several other DP World group companies, will provide regular container based shipping between these markets for the first time.

The Turkey – Caspian line provides speed and cost advantages, while also reducing carbon emissions by 17% compared to road-based transportation. Efficient door to door delivery will be offered through select third-party logistics partnerships for onward carriage into the landlocked areas of Central Asia – providing customers with a streamlined, hassle-free service.

In 2020, approximately US$31.2billion in trade took place between Turkey, Russia and Central Asia1. The region accounts for 6% of Turkey’s exports and 9.6% of Turkey’s imports. In the same year, US$17.8 billion of imports and US$4.5 billion of exports were made with Russia, one of Turkey’s largest trade partners.

With these markets being some of Turkey’s most important trading partners, P&O Maritime Logistics is well-placed to facilitate even closer trade connections between Turkish businesses and the region through DP World Yarimca with direct shipping via the Russian river systems into Aktau & Turkmenbashi ports in the Caspian Sea.

The new line utilising P&O Maritime Logistics’ Multi Carrying Vessel (MCV) will mainly transport containerised products such as industrial machines, construction materials, textiles, cosmetics, white goods, and marble, while additionally offering a convenient service for breakbulk & project cargo.

MCV type vessels are ideally suited to navigate the Russian rivers and it is expected that at least two more vessels will be outfitted and classed for container carriage for the new line’s launch in the coming months.

The state-of-the-art container terminal at DP World Yarimca, is now one of the largest in the İzmit Gulf and Turkey, with a capacity of 1.3 million TEUs and offering specialised solutions such as super-post panamax quay cranes and electrified rubber tyred gantry cranes (e-RTG). During the trial voyage, these modern facilities enabled an extremely fast vessel turnaround, contributing greatly to the efficiency of the service.

Kris Adams, CEO of DP World Yarımca, said: “The new Turkey – Caspian line between Turkey and the Caspian Sea makes the movement of goods more streamlined and less costly. With our knowledge of the trade networks between these countries, we are aiming to support our customers to be more competitive in these markets.

“With trade booming between these regions, the opening of a new sea route will undoubtedly be a boon to firms operating in these markets.”

Martin Helweg, CEO of P&O Maritime Logistics, said: “There is immense potential for increasing the efficiency of trade between Turkey, Russia and Central Asia. P&O Maritime Logistics were selected because of the ability to carry both breakbulk and container cargo, which fits with the type of goods that move on this route.

“With land transport making up 95% of total carbon emissions for the transport sector, this new river-sea based route is more cost effective and environmentally-friendly than cargo transport.

“With this solution we can reduce carbon emissions by 17% or 0.5 tonnes per container, saving the customer on average 10-20% of the cost compared with trucking and bring the cargo to the destination 15% faster compared with rail, enabling our customers a range of benefits.”




About P&O Maritime Logistics

P&O Maritime Logistics is a leading provider of marine solutions with a focus on offshore energy, port services and logistics. The company owns and operates approximately 400 vessels and provides a wide portfolio of value-added marine services and the ability to integrate these offerings for its customers – always with safety and the environment at the forefront.

Headquartered in Dubai, the company has operations globally across all seven continents.


About DP World

We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 148 business units in 60 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.

Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 54,620 employees from 137 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership.

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading digital technology to further broaden our vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.


About DP World Yarımca


One of the largest container terminals in the Marmara region, located on a land of 46 hectares, DP World Yarımca is capable of handling 1.3 million TEU with a team of 500 employees.

DP World Yarımca commenced operations in 2015 with an investment of 550 million US dollars. It is the first and only specialized port in the İzmit Gulf, catering to purpose-oriented container transportation business and using the most cutting-edge technologies in its operations.

DP World Yarımca’s advanced reporting portal provides customers with various services and data including container inquiry, berth and vessel program, vehicle appointment, storage calculation, verified gross mass and service requests. Having recently added a number of leading LCL companies to its customer portfolio, the terminal offers the fastest LCL cargo service from any Far Eastern port to İstanbul thanks to its 4,000 sqm indoor warehouse.

DP World Yarımca is a state-of-the-art terminal, equipped with super-post panamax quay cranes and environmentally friendly electrified rubber tyred gantry cranes (e-RTGs) used for yard handling activities. Through our focus on innovating and optimising our assets we have developed solutions in terminal operations with gate automation and asset management systems being used for centralised activity planning and equipment control. Our modern port has two berths with minimum 16m depth and 922m total length that enable us to efficiently handle two ultra large container vessels with over 16,000 TEU capacity at the same time. As a part of DP World Yarımca’s continuous improvement philosophy to create supply chain efficiencies for our customers, all Super Post Panamax STS cranes are equipped with remote control system, the first of its kind in Turkey.



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