Zhenis Kassymbek: Sea cargo transportation from Kazakhstan to Turkey will increase threefold
The Majilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan in plenary meeting approved the draft law On ratification of the 2005 Protocol to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation.
The protocol broadens the list of acts classified as terrorist, defines mechanisms for responding and providing mutual assistance when ships are attacked. To date, more than 40 states and, most importantly, almost all countries of the Black Sea and Baltic regions are parties to the Protocol. Now Kazakhstani merchant ships are beginning to actively develop sea routes to ports located in the open seas. In 2017 about 35 thousand tonnes of general cargoes were transported from the port of Aktau to the ports of Turkey. In the current year, traffic volumes will increase threefold. Also, beginning this year it is planned to launch transportation of oversized equipment from the Black and Baltic Seas for the construction of the Tengizchevroil plant. At the same time, the agreement reached with Russia within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union on the introduction of a simplified transit order for Kazakh vessels on inland waterways of Russia contributes to the growth of transportation volumes, � Minister of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kassymbek said presenting the bill.
According to the Minister, ratification of this Protocol contributes to the strengthening of legal guarantees for the security of Kazakh ships floating in the open seas.
Answering questions of deputies, Zh. Kassymbek noted that the provisions of the Protocol fully comply with the legislation of Kazakhstan, including – regarding the possibility of using a vessel as a weapon of crime. Therefore, after the ratification of the Protocol, there will be no need to amend the current legislation.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan