Stating that connecting Anatolian cities to ports by rail will encourage on-site production, Lucien Arkas said, “When Marmaray is completed, freight traffic between Europe and Asia will increase rapidly. " said.
Turkey's largest container fleet with Arkas boss Lucien Arkas Izmir in Izmir, unlike many who insist origin of the businessman. Without leaving İzmir, 2 has created a giant holding company 55, which has a billion dollars turnover. 15 started to be built in the Mediterranean and Black Sea years ago. In these geographies, 15 has opened an office in the country, while it has become a shipper with regular line services. In recent years, we have begun to hear your name with art investments. Lucien Arkas, who had collected more than a thousand paintings by Turkish painters and Western painters, kept them in the museum he set up under his house and in his garden.
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* At what stage is Arkas' efforts to combine maritime transport with air, road and rail?
Depending on the situation, sometimes we offer an integrated logistics service by combining maritime highway, sometimes maritime railway, sometimes sea-land and railway. Thus, we are trying to reduce shipping costs. The reduction of transport costs encourages on-site production, supports the industrialist and ensures development, creates employment. I believe that the future development of Anatolia in Turkey. With the 'Arkas Anatolia Project', we aim to connect Anatolia to the ports and the world by using the advantage of the railway. Thus, we want to pave the way for industrialists and manufacturers. Since 2008, we expect the law on railway liberalization. What do you say when you get out? The development of the liberalization of airlines will be experienced in the railway. Ar-Gü, our company that carries out the railway transportation, has wagons close to 700. The largest fleet in the private sector. We are loading the containers into the wagons, but we are waiting for the locomotive from TCDD. We have no right to operate. When the liberalization law comes out, we will have the right to operate locomotives and make locomotive investments. I run a ship, run a fleet of trucks, run a port, run a plane. I can run a locomotive and a train.
* Could you tell us more about your Anatolian project?
Within the scope of Anadolu Project, we started to create “land ports” in connection with Marmaray. When the Marmaray is completed, freight traffic between Europe and Asia will increase exponentially. We're doing our preparation.
The terminals to be established in İzmit-Kartepe, Bilecik-Bozüyük and Konya, Ankara, Gaziantep and Mersin and Yenice logistics centers will function as a ile land port İzmit. We have 200 land in İzmit / Kartepe.
When the tunnel opens, it will be the gathering center of trains coming from foreign countries. For example, a new cargo from these terminals will be added to the other provinces of Anatolia and neighboring countries.
We completed the land purchases. We are partners with the German state railway company Schenker. They will also participate. We start construction like September. Likewise, Mersin / Yenice will have a meeting place for Anatolia and Iraq. Up to now, we have invested in 150 million dollars in the Anadolu Project. The total area of the logistics centers we plan to build in Mersin and Kocaeli is 700 thousand square meters.