On 2nd May 2018, after a lengthy construction period, Turkmenbashi’s International Port on Turkmenistan’s Caspian Sea coast, at the heart of the historic Silk Road, was opened to shipping traffic with a celebratory ceremony. This completed a major Turkmenistani project which is contributing to reviving the historic Silk Road from Asia to Europe. As General Planner, Inros Lackner was responsible for planning and design, tendering, construction supervision and technical consultancy on behalf of Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Marine and Inland Transport. With a total investment of approximately USD 1.5 billion, it is the largest port construction project in Central Asia - this new transport hub between Asia and Europe.
This major contract for Inros Lackner is a significant success and proof of the company’s international reputation as a provider of planning and design services for complex port construction projects. The port was designed in accordance with “Green Port” standards, in order to appropriately consider the fragile ecosystem of the world's largest inland sea. On a total area of over 130 hectares, five new terminals were built - for ferries, passengers, general cargo, bulk goods and containers. An existing railway ferry port was also modernised, and a whole new shipyard including a ship lift was built. In addition, complete new transport connections to the port were created, with railway track and shunting facilities as well as motorway connections. Port-related service buildings such as a hospital and a fire brigade building were also constructed. The expected annual goods handling capacity of the port is approximately 17 million tonnes.