Yilport to acquire Taranto Terminal, CEO tweets
Robert Yuksel Yildirim, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yildirim Holding, announced a significant investment through his social media account, Aysel Yucel of daily DUNYA reported. “Yesterday we had an excellent meeting with CEO of Taranto Port Authority, Sergio Prete and General Secretary Fulvio in our Maslak Headquarters in Istanbul. We are ready to sign the Concession Agreement for Taranto Container Terminal for 49 years on Tuesday, July 30th in Taranto,” he tweeted.
Yildirim Holding, which also owns a 24 percent share of the world’s largest container operator, CMA CGM, has significant port investments in Turkey and abroad. Established in August 2011 to unite the port and container terminal operations of Yildirim Holding under a single roof, Yilport Holding started its operations by acquiring Sedef port from STFA Holding in 2004 and Alemdar port in 2005. The company acquired 50 percent of Malta Freeport in 2011. The company expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of RotaPort in 2012, and the Gävle Container Terminal in Sweden and the Oslo Port in Norway in 2014, expanding into the Scandinavian region. In 2015, it added 7 terminals in Portugal, 2 in Spain and one in Peru. In 2016, Turkey’s largest liquid cargo terminal, Solventas Teknik Depolama A.S., was added to Yilport portfolio. Furthermore, the acquisition of the rights of Baltic Sea Gateway Company, made Yilport the sole operator of Gävle Port.
Yilport expanded its global network into Latin America by acquiring Puerto Bolivar’s operating rights in Ecuador and expanded its global network to Latin America. The company wants to build Latin America’s largest terminal on the Pacific coast by investing in the port. It also aims to create world class, multi-purpose facilities globally. Yilport, which aims to become a global port operator by 2025, ranked as the world’s 12th largest terminal operator in the Drewry 2017 list.