Mersin International Port launches gate overhaul project

Aerial view of Container Harbor in Mersin, Turkiye.

Mersin International Port (MIP) has launched the ‘Gate Project’, a grand infrastructure project to improve traffic around the site.

On 26 September 2022, MIP held a ceremony in the presence of the Governor of the Mersin province Ali Hamza Pehlivan, to announce the scheme.

Overall, MIP will spend 500 million Turkish Lira ($27 million) to allow trucks to enter and exit the Mersin port directly from the highway and upgrade the terminal’s gates to reduce waiting times.

The Gate Project is a partnership between MIP and the Mersin Governorship, Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, Turkish State Railways, and the General Directorate of Highways.

Some 10 months from now, vehicles carrying containers and conventional cargo will be able to enter and exit the port directly through two connection points with the highway. This means that these heavy vehicles will no longer have to pass through the city.

In the next stages, MIP will upgrade its gate complex, including the installation of six automated entry and exit gates.

This will significantly reduce waiting times for trucks that come to the terminal to load and unload their cargo.

The upgrade will be completed by the first quarter of 2024.

MIP General Manager Johan Van Daele commented: “With this Gates Project, we will not only be improving current traffic conditions; we will also be preparing the region to accommodate the future growth of our port, which in turn will bring more prosperity to the region.”

Mersin Governor Ali Hamza Pehlivan added: “The Gates Project will provide great relief in the truck traffic of Mersin port, which serves 50 per cent of our country’s hinterland with 5000 truck entries daily.

“With the project, both new gates will be opened, and existing gates will be modernised. Within the scope of the project, which will be completed in three stages over a period of 18 months, cost advantages will be provided in line with the reduction of the density inside and outside the port and the time that commercial vehicles will save.”

MIP is a joint venture between Akfen Holding and PSA International.

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