Istanbul: Turkey’s new third largest container port, Asyapor port in Tekirdag, is set to open by June this year, according to a report from the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI).
Asyapor is a joint venture between Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Turkey’s Soyuer Group.
The port is expected to have an annual throughput of 2.5m teu, which would make it Turkey’s third largest facility, TACCI said.
The site itself covers 320,000 square feet, with quays over a mile in length dredged to 25.5m, allowing the port to handle some of the biggest containerships.
Thirty-three rubber-tyred ship-to-shore cranes will be installed on the quayside, of which 11 cranes will be powered by electricity, which is better for the environment than using fuel.
Asyapor is expected to share traffic with Istanbul’s busy Ambarh Port and is expected to create around 1,200 jobs in the Thrace region, TACCI said.