One million amateur sailors by 2023
Turkey a ms to tra n one m ll on amateur sa lors by 2023, Transport and Infrastructure M n ster Cah t Turhan sa d on October 2. “We w ll nst ll mar t me culture reach the goal of becom ng a mar t me nat on,” Turhan sa d dur ng an ntroductory meet ng of the project. Turhan also sa d that a free bas c tra n ng program for amateur sa lors was launched to ach eve th s goal. Stress ng that sh pp ng by sea const tutes 84 percent of global transportat on, Turhan sa d Turkey should be one of the key countr es n global sea transportat on due to ts geograph c locat on. Turkey ranks second after Ch na w th 112,000 educated seamen, Turhan added. He sa d one out of every 390 persons n Turkey possesses an amateur sa lor cert f cate, compared to one out of every 64 n the Netherlands, 68 n Italy and 184 n Germany.