May 16, 2016: DP World Yarimca, one of the biggest container terminals in Turkey with 1.3 million TEU capacity (twenty foot equivalent unit) has been officially opened for business by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an in the presence of senior government officials and executives of DP World.
The new terminal can enhance Turkey’s connectivity with Europe and Asia and enabling trade from the heartland of its most industrialised region, Izmit Bay.
DP World Yarimca is the first infrastructure project in Izmit Bay to be run by an international operator, and the first in the country to use remote controlled gantry cranes with automated gate operations featuring a vehicle appointment system for faster processing. It also has fast scanner x-ray machines, the first of their kind in Turkey that can scan 120 containers every hour.
It has two main berths of 465 metres and 430 metres in length that can accommodate two vessels at the same time. Six ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been installed together with 18 electrical RTGs (Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes) used for container stacking and weighing.
Erdo?an, said, “DP World Yar?mca will reduce costs and increase competitiveness of industrial and trading companies located in our region.”
M?n?ster of Transport, Maritime and Communications, Binali Y?ld?r?m, thanked DP World for choosing Turkey for its investment and said that in the last 13 years the amount of foreign direct investment to the country had increased more than 10 times. He noted Turkey’s position at the centre of the world, taking only three hours to reach 56 countries with a $30 billion dollar economy between them.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group chairman and CEO, DP World, said, “Turkey and the UAE share a unique heritage. We are bridges to the world, at the crossroads of world trade, trading nations built on a strong partnership and with a common bond, our vision. The vision of our leaders is to develop and innovate, to embrace change and to explore smarter ways of doing things.
”The UAE and Dubai firmly believe in the future of Turkey as a natural bridge between both East-West and North-South axes, creating an efficient and cost-effective outlet to major markets and providing business easy access to 1.5 billion customers in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa.
Nichola Silveira, CEO, DP World Yar?mca, said, “In 2015, total trade between Turkey and Dubai was AED 25.26 billion. Imports were AED 14.6 billion, exports AED 7.9 billion and re-exports AED 2.77 billion.”