New Turkish line debuts first service

Turkey’s newest container carrier has debuted its first service. Istanbul-based Akkon Lines is linking Turkey with Libya on its first service with analysts at Alphaliner reporting it will add Piraeus in Greece as a direct call next month.

The new service is operated with two recently chartered ships, the 923 teu Purki and the 1,055 teu Viya.

Akkon Lines was established in September this year as a joint venture between Akarlar Shipping and Salim Isil, a former shipping executive from Containerships’s Turkey office.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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