DP World Yarimca has been officially opened for business by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of the Republic of Turkey, in the presence of senior government officials and executives of DP World.
As one of the biggest in the country, the new terminal can handle up to 1.3 million boxes, covering 46ha, enhancing 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.
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It has two main berths of 465 metres and 430 metres in length that can accommodate two vessels simultaneously.
Six ship-to-shore gantry cranes have been installed, together with 18 electrical Rubber Tire Gantry (RTG) Cranes used for container stacking and weighing.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said: “DP World Yarımca will reduce costs and increase competitiveness of industrial and trading companies located in our region.”
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of 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.
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“Our two countries connect continents and peoples and the approach to infrastructure development of the president and the government is something we value and share, supporting economies, employment and communities.
“We also both host young, dynamic, well-educated and multi-cultural populations and highly developed technological infrastructure in transportation, telecommunications and energy.”
DP World recently announced that it aims to train the next generation of port and logistics workers by launching an international education programme.
Bin Sulayem continues: ”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.
“Our investment is not just in machinery and equipment – it’s 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.”
Bin Sulayem concluded: “There are over 800 jobs identified indirectly in the local economy and many more local and regional supplier opportunities. This illustrates the ripple effect of projects of this magnitude – that boost economies and prosperity for the long term.”
(Source: DP World Yarımca / YouTube)