On September 3 in Batumi, Chargé d’Affaires Nicholas Berliner will join Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to officially open the Batumi Boat Basin and sail on a P-103 patrol boat donated to Georgia and jointly refurbished by the US and Georgian governments. The officials will be joined by Major General John Horner, the Deputy Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency from Washington, DC , and by Georgia’s Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mghebrishvili.
Funded by the U.S. government, the Batumi Boat Basin took over two years to complete and cost $14 million. The basin provides docking space for up to 15 vessels at one time and will transform the Georgian Coast Guard’s current base in Batumi into a key mooring and operational location for its operations. The new boat basin will substantially improve the Georgian Coast Guard’s ability to more quickly respond to, and interdict maritime threats in its coastal waters. The boat basin will also allow the Georgian Coast Guard to better maintain its vessels and infrastructure. In addition, the boat basin’s modern capabilities make it a reliable port for neighboring partner country vessels to call on, stop, dock and conduct visits to the Georgian Coast Guard.
The construction of the Batumi Boat Basin highlights the fruitful security cooperation that the United States and Georgia enjoy. By pursuing vessel modernization and improving port infrastructure, the United States and Georgia are jointly increasing maritime security in the Black Sea region. The United States is proud to partner with the Georgian government on such valuable projects and looks forward to similar successful joint projects in the future.