New rail line links Turkish port with China and UK
One of Turkey’s largest container terminals, DP World Yarimca, was connected to China and London by rail on July 30. Inaugurating the new rail line, Turkish Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Mehmet Cahit Turhan, said the new railway line will link Yarimca Harbor with the main railway network. The terminal is in the Gulf of Izmit, at the easternmost edge of the Sea of Marmara.
“When we look at the issue from a broad perspective, the new line has provided a direct connection between China and London via Turkey,” he said. Located in Turkey’s industrial province of Kocaeli, the terminal is operated by the UAEbased port management firm, DP World Harbor.
“With this new line, the harbor has the chance to reach every corner of Turkey,” the minister added. He said TRY 133 billion ($23.84 billion) have been invested to
mobilize Turkey’s transportation sector, to realize the potential of country’s geographical positioning, which makes it a natural logistics base.
Since 2003, Turkey has built tracks for high-speed trains and currently it is engaged in constructing over 2,000 kilometers (1,109 miles) of rail network, the minister said. He added that the government was determined to make Turkey an ideal logistics hub. The president of Turkey’s Investment Office, Arda Ermut, said the aim was not only to provide a harbor or a rail network but to provide transportation facilities and linkages across the world.
Kris Adams, the top manager of the DP World’s Yarimca Harbor, noted that the harbor, which has a critical role in linking Chinese and European markets, will also contribute to Turkey’s strategic position.
The firm seeks to invest $600 million in Yarimca Harbor, to focus on increasing exports from Turkey.