Turkey, surrounded by three sides of the sea, is intensifying its efforts to have a greater say in maritime trade with the goal of increasing its influence.
Turkey has accelerated its efforts to establish new alternative routes to the existing Ro-Ro lines. Additionally, among its goals is achieving 90% domestic production in the shipbuilding industry.
According to a compilation made by an AA reporter based on the AK Party election manifesto, with the aim of increasing Turkey’s international recognition in the logistics sector, transportation corridors and connection routes will be established between countries in the vicinity of the Black Sea and the Middle East.
Turkey will develop alternative routes in the European, Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Sea Ro-Ro lines in order to increase its share in global maritime trade. It will also encourage the entry of new Ro-Ro operators into the market.
The amount of cargo transported by sea will be increased, and through the development of port capacities, Turkey’s foreign trade opportunities and capacities will be enhanced. Port facilities will be improved to meet international standards.
Technological investments will be increased in ports, and environmentally friendly practices will be encouraged. In the context of sustainability, port facilities will be made environmentally friendly, and the number of green ports will be increased.
Renewable energy sources will be utilized in ports and marinas. Collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors will be undertaken to increase the domestic production rate in the shipbuilding industry to at least 90%.
To reduce ship traffic in the Istanbul Strait and further enhance Turkey’s geopolitical position, the Canal Istanbul Project will be implemented. The project’s connection roads and infrastructure works will progress according to the planned framework to ensure navigational safety in the Istanbul Strait.
A total of $21.6 billion in new investments will be made in the maritime sector by 2053.
Turkey will support large-scale transit-oriented container transportation around its region. The completion of the Filyos Port, which is one of the “three major ports in the three seas” projects, will be accompanied by its hinterland.
The Çandarlı and Mersin Container Port projects will be implemented using alternative financing methods.
The number of port facilities will increase to 255 by 2053, and the amount of cargo transported by sea (excluding liquid cargo) will be increased to 421 million tons. A total of $21.6 billion in new investments will be made in the maritime sector.