Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has opened the country’s newest container terminal, Yarimca, which will be operated by Dubai port operator DP World.
One of the biggest terminals in Turkey, Yarimca has the capacity to handle up to 1.3 million containers covering 460,000m², strengthening Turkey’s connectivity with Europe and Asia and subsequently facilitating trade from the centre of its industrialised region, Izmit Bay.
DP World Yarimca is the first infrastructure project in Izmit Bay run by an international operator and will feature remote controlled gantry cranes with automated gate operations including a vehicle appointment system for faster processing.
It will also be incorporated with fast scanner x-ray machines that can scan 120 containers every hour.
The terminal contains two main berths of 465m and 430m in length which can accommodate two vessels at the same time.
Six ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been incorporated together with 18 electrical rubber tire gantry cranes (RTGs) to be used for container stacking and weighing.
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that "DP World Yarimca will reduce costs and increase competitiveness of industrial and trading companies located in our region."
According to DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the new terminal Yarimca will connect the East-West and North-South axes facilitatingan efficient and cost-effective outlet to major markets and open the door to 1.5 billion customers in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa.
"Our investment is not just in machinery and equipment it is about our people, our most important asset.
"DP World Yarimca currently employs 300 people and we aim to reach 650 jobs when at full capacity. There are over 800 jobs identified indirectly in the local economy and many more local and regional supplier opportunities," Sulayem said.
Image: DP World opens new terminal in Turkey. Photo: courtesy of DP World.