Mersin International Port Paves Way for Emh II Expansion

Mersin International Port Management Inc. (MIP), Turkey’s largest trade gateway to the world, held a groundbreaking ceremony today to mark the start of EMH II expansion work.

The ceremony organized by MIP Director General Johan Van Daele and MIP Board Member Zafer Kurtul, was honored by TC Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu, Mersin Governor Ali İhsan Su , the head of the public-private partnerships department of the Presidential Office of Investments of TC Ali Kamil Özmen, TC The CEO of the Welfare Fund Salim Arda Ermut and the main representatives of the Mersin protocol.

The EMH II expansion project, representing an investment of $ 375 million, will increase the port’s container handling capacity from 2.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 3.6 million TEUs. With the installation of an additional berth for mega-ships and the expansion of the yard, MIP is preparing to handle the growing volumes in the region and to meet the port’s demand to serve the growing number of mega-ships. ships. The expansion plans also include the installation of 4 new dock cranes and 24 additional construction cranes. The EMH II project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Through this investment, MIP will strengthen its position in the Eastern Mediterranean region and contribute to the economic development of the port and the region, while creating additional employment opportunities.

MIP Managing Director Johan Van Daele said: “It is crucial that MIP creates additional berth and yard capacity to prepare for the region’s expected future economic growth. This will support commerce and business and maintain our high quality of service to all stakeholders. The expansion project will secure the industrial potential of the Mersin region in the coming years, ensure greater efficiency and increase the strength and maturity of the logistics industry. MIP also takes responsibility for creating a sustainable and respectful environment for the community by building direct access from the highway to the port.

David Yang, Regional Managing Director of PSA Europe, Mediterranean and Americas said: “The EMH II project is just the start of the next chapter in Mersin Port’s growth, positioning MIP in a strategic position to develop chain solutions. port-centric sourcing for effective freight owners. , increasing freight connectivity and visibility through precisely planned intermodal connectivity and technology-based digital platforms, and sealing Mersin’s position as the main hub for the Eastern Mediterranean region.

“We will continue to invest in infrastructure, technology and people; and make a significant contribution to the city and the country’s economy through the ecosystem created by MIP.

Stating that the expansion project will make a significant contribution to the city’s economy, Mersin Governor Ali Ä°hsan Su said, “Such investments will seriously support both our city’s employment and industrial production. Because the wealth of our province in terms of agricultural and industrial production can be sent to the world more quickly at the end of the expansion investment through the international port of Mersin.

Evaluating the Mersin Port Expansion Project, Ali Kamil Özmen, Head of the Public-Private Partnerships Department of the Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey said; “Our country is in an ideal position for international companies given its production capacity, young, dynamic and skilled workforce, logistics infrastructure and other comparative advantages. Port investments, which are the cornerstone of the logistics sector, improve our logistics infrastructure and contribute to the comfortable transportation of investors operating in our country to many parts of the world. The investment of the International Port of Mersin (MIP), which occupies a very important place in our logistics infrastructure, which has been strengthened in recent years, adds value to the Eastern Mediterranean and its surroundings, especially our country. This expansion investment decision, which was taken based on our country’s potential despite the pandemic, is a project that we, as the Presidency’s investment office, are closely following with all relevant ministries and propose facilitation solutions with the support of our president, Mr. Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan. As an Investment Office, we have prioritized projects in the logistics sector, such as Mersin Port, which will play an important role in increasing our exports and achieving our 2023 objectives, and we will continue to support them. from now on. “

Stating that they aim to complete the Mersin International Port expansion project within a year and a half, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu said: “With the expansion project; our port of Mersin will have a total quay of 880 meters to the south and will be adapted to serve 2 mega ships of 400 meters at the same time. Its capacity will increase from 2.6 million TEUs to 3.6 million TEUs. Responding to the port related allegations on the public, Minister Karaismailoğlu said, “This will contribute very significantly to the economy of the region and the country. During our work on our project, unfortunately, the claims and news that were not true and the sadness over this news were also shared with the audience. I would like to tell you on this subject that, first of all, our Mersin Port Expansion Project was planned within the limits determined in accordance with the “Exploitation Rights Contract”. In other words, while expanding our port, Atatürk Park is located outside the limits of this zone. As yesterday, our fellow citizens of Mersin and our future children will continue to benefit from the comfort and equipment offered by Atatürk Park. In addition, we have started the study-project work as a ministry to rehabilitate and develop the Çamlıbel Fishing Shelter, which is located at the other end of Atatürk Park and currently has a very old structure. In order to improve maritime activities in Mersin, the nautical base and the reception capacity will be renewed for the mooring of boats, and there will also be a recreation area with an 800-meter footpath, landing stage and boat platform. observation for the Mersinois. . Minister Karaismailoğlu, who said that studies and projects of Mersin container port are continuing in order to take Mersin International Freight Transfer Center to another point, said: “Our aim is to develop Mersin as all the other cities of our country, in order to increase its employment and contribute to its development.The international port of Mersin is both the largest port in our country and one of the main ports in the Eastern Mediterranean, with the offered by the convenience of multimodal connection, transfer and backcountry connections with the Middle East and the Black Sea. It strengthens the logistical power of our country not only regionally but also globally ”.

Context of the international port of Mersin
Mersin International Port Management INC. (MIP), born out of a partnership between Akfen Holding and PSA International, acquired TCDD Mersin Port Management for a term of 36 years on May 11, 2007. In 2017, the Australian IFM Investors joined Mersin International. the other shareholders of Port.

Mersin International Port (MIP) is connected by railways and highways to industrialized cities in Turkey such as Ankara, Gaziantep, Kayseri, KahramanmaraÅŸ and Konya, and to neighboring countries such as Syria, Iraq and the CIS countries. It is one of the main container ports in the Mediterranean region with its transit and hinterland connections with the Middle East and the Black Sea. Mersin International Port (MIP) accounts for a significant portion of Turkey’s import and export volumes, with its vast hinterland, accessible transportation possibilities and accomplished staff. Based on the total volume of cargo handled annually and the location at its disposal, MIP is the largest port in Turkey.

The EMH I project, which ended in 2016, enabled MIP to serve mega-ships. EMH I increased MIP’s capacity from 800,000 TEUs to 2.6 million TEUs.

In 2020, despite the impact of the Covid pandemic on the global economy, the MIP treated 2 MTEU, an increase of 3% compared to 2019.
Source: PSA International

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