Batumi is a Black Sea port and Georgia's 2nd largest city by population (around 165,000). It is located in southwestern Georgia (former Soviet Union republic) and close to the Caucasus Mountains.
Port Batumi has the capacity to handle cargo vessels with DWT up to 80,000 tons, Port's main exports are regional agricultural products. Its estimated annual revenue is between USD 200-300 million.
In mid-February 2019, ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services Inc / Manila Philippines-based corporation) inaugurated the expanded BICT (Batumi International Container Terminal). The multipurpose terminal was expanded both waterside and landside. The terminal development project resulted in an increased annual container ship capacity of up to 200,000 TEUs (containers).
During warm seasons, the city transforms into a bustling seaside resort. Much of the city's economy is based on tourism and gambling, also on its seaport shipping services, shipbuilding, food processing, light manufacturing. The city is popular for its newbuild skyscrapers (most are built after 2009), premium-brand hotels (including Radisson, Hilton, Kempinski, Sheraton, Trump Tower) and large casinos (attracting mainly tourists from Turkey).
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