Mersin International Port Management Inc. (MIP), Turkey’s largest trade gateway to the world, held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the expansion works for EMH II.
The ceremony hosted by MIP General Manager Johan Van Daele and MIP Board Member Zafer Kurtul was graced by T.C. Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, Mersin Governor Ali İhsan Su, T.C. Presidential Investment Office PublicPrivate Partnership Department Head Ali Kamil Özmen, T.C. Welfare Fund CEO Salim Arda Ermut and Mersin top protocol representatives.
The EMH II expansion project, representing an investment of USD 375 million, will increase the container handling capacity of the port from 2.6 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 3.6 million TEUs. With the installation of an additional mega vessel berth and the enlargement of the yard, MIP is gearing up to handle the growing volumes in the region and meet the port’s demand 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 and create additional employment opportunities.
MIP’s General Manager Johan Van Daele said, “MIP must create additional berth and yard capacity to prepare for the region’s expected future economic growth. This will support the trade and business and continue our high quality of service to all stakeholders. The expansion project will secure the Mersin region’s industrial potential in the coming years, ensure higher efficiency, and increase the strength and maturity of the logistics industry. MIP also takes responsibility for creating a sustainable and community-friendly environment by constructing 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 through precision-scheduled intermodal connectivity and technology-enabled digital platforms, and sealing Mersin’s position as a main hub for the East 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 İhsan Su said, “Such investments will seriously support both the employment of our city and industrial production because the wealth of our province in terms of both agricultural and industrial production will be able to be sent to the world faster at the end of the expansion investment through Mersin International Port.
Evaluating the Mersin Port Expansion Project, Ali Kamil Özmen, Head of the PublicPrivate Partnership Department of the Presidency Investment Office of Turkish Republic, said; “Our country is in an ideal position for international companies considering its production capacity, young, dynamic and qualified 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. Mersin International Port (MIP) investment, which has a very important place in our logistics infrastructure, which has strengthened in recent years, adds value to the Eastern Mediterranean and its surroundings, especially our country. This expansion investment decision, which relied on our country’s potential despite the pandemic, is a project that we, as the Presidency Investment Office, closely follow up with all relevant ministries and provide facilitating solutions with the support of our President, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. As the Investment Office, we have prioritized projects in the logistics sector, such as Mersin Port, that will play an important role in increasing our exports and achieving our 2023 goals, and we will continue to support
them from now on.”
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