Port of Baku: A New Trade Hub Embracing Sustainability

Nestled along the shores of the Caspian Sea, the Port of Baku stands as a beacon of trade and connectivity, strategically positioned to bridge the gap between East and West. With a rich history dating back centuries, this bustling port in Azerbaijan is not only a vital node in the global logistics network but also a champion of sustainability and community development.

At the helm of this maritime powerhouse is Taleh Ziyadov, the director-general of the Baku Bay Port, who emphasizes the port’s pivotal role in global supply chains. Amidst the disruptions and conflicts that have rocked the world, Ziyadov underscores the port’s significance as a central hub in Central Eurasia, poised to facilitate trade and drive economic growth across the region.

Fueling the port’s ambitions are clear-cut goals to adapt, expand, and meet the ever-growing demands of global trade. In the past year alone, the port’s handling volume surged by an impressive 51%, a testament to its operational efficiency and reliability. With a strategic location in Alat, just 70 kilometers from Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, the port boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including berths, terminals for various cargo types, and cutting-edge technology to streamline operations.


Embracing the digital age, the port is undergoing a transformation with a strong focus on digitalization and automation. Eugene Seah, the Chief Operating Officer, emphasizes the inevitability of digitalization in driving progress and efficiency. The port is committed to sharing its expertise and fostering collaboration with neighboring ports to usher in a new era of maritime excellence.

Environmental sustainability lies at the heart of the port’s ethos, with initiatives aimed at minimizing its ecological footprint. From wastewater treatment plants to renewable energy projects, the port is leading by example in adopting green practices. Joining the UN Global Compact and committing to zero carbon emissions by 2035, the port is paving the way for a greener, more sustainable future.

Beyond its core operations, the port extends its green initiatives to the community, with projects such as the Alat Ecopark and educational programs for local schoolchildren. By promoting biodiversity and environmental stewardship, the port seeks to create a harmonious balance between commerce and nature.

As the port embarks on ambitious expansion plans, it remains steadfast in its commitment to shaping a brighter future for trade, sustainability, and community development. With a clear vision and unwavering dedication, the Baku Bay Port is poised to redefine the maritime landscape and emerge as a global leader in trade and logistics in the years to come.

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