Mersin International Port Management (MIP), subsidiary of PSA International and Turkey’s main trading gateway, has held a ground breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of expansion works for EMH II.
The EMH II expansion project, representing an investment of $375 million, will increase the container handling capacity of the port from 2.6 million TEU to 3.6 million TEU, according to a statement.
With the installation of an additional mega-vessel berth and the enlargement of the yard, MIP is planning to handle the growing volumes in the region and meet the demand for the port to serve the increasing number of mega-vessels.
The expansion plans also include the installation of 4 new quay cranes and 24 additional yard cranes. The EMH II project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Through this investment, MIP will strengthen its position within the Eastern Mediterranean region and contribute towards the economic development of the port and region, as well as create additional employment opportunities.
MIP’s General Manager Johan Van Daele said, “It is crucial that MIP creates additional berth and yard capacity to prepare for expected future economic growth of the region.
“This will support the trade and business as well as continue 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 higher efficiency and increase the strength and maturity of the logistics industry. MIP also takes responsibility in creating a sustainable and community-friendly environment by constructing a direct access from the highway to the port.”
David Yang, Regional CEO PSA Europe, Mediterranean and the Americas said, “The EMH II project is but the beginning of the next chapter to Mersin Port’s growth, positioning MIP in a strategic position to develop Port-centric supply chain solutions for beneficial cargo owners, increasing cargo connectivity and visibility.
“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.”