Uzbekistan is interested in having its own ships in the Caspian Sea, which would contribute to the growth of traffic along the Trans-Caspian route, Begzod Kholmatov, director of the Center for the Study of Transport and Logistics Development under the Uzbek Transport Ministry, told Report.
Kholmatov noted that Uzbekistan is also interested in participating in shipbuilding projects together with Azerbaijan.
“Our country is interested in creating its own fleet in the Caspian Sea. Own fleet would be of great importance for Uzbekistan, as a country that doesn’t have direct access to the sea,” he said.
He noted that Tashkent is ready to cooperate with other countries in this matter.
“Now we are working on the construction of our own terminal in the Baku port, which is a kind of basis for this initiative. In addition, agreements with Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the field of shipping will allow us to quickly resolve all issues on the agenda,” he said.
Uzbekistan is one of two countries that belongs to the category of double landlocked countries. This means that it is necessary to cross at least two state borders to get to the oceans.