P&O Maritime Logistics is introducing a container and breakbulk shipping service connecting Turkey’s Marmara region to the Caspian Sea via Russian inland waterways.

The route – called the Turkey-Caspian line – is being launched in cooperation with DP World Yarimca and several other DP World group companies and will connect Yarimca with the Caspian ports of Aktau and Turkmenbashi.

The service will utilise P&O Maritime Logistics’ multi-carrying vessel (MCV) and will mainly transport containerised products such as industrial machines, construction materials, textiles, cosmetics, white goods, and marble, in addition to breakbulk and project cargo.

The MCV-type vessels are ideally suited to navigate the Russian rivers, said P&O Maritime Logistics. It is expected that at least two more vessels will be outfitted and classed for container carriage for the service in the coming months.

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 was 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 percent of total carbon emissions for the transport sector, this new river-sea based route is more cost effective and environmentally friendly.”