Crownless King returns to Izmir

The Crownless King is back in Izmire: One of the new ships of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, whose names were determined by “votes of the people of Izmir”, met with the Gulf. The ship named after the legend of the Turkish football "King of the Crown" Metin Oktay, became the "number 12" of the new fleet.
Twelve of the 8 new passenger ships that the Metropolitan Municipality brought to the city and whose names were determined by Izmirians, each cost about 15 million Euros, met the bay. The ship that came to Izmir Bay after the last controls of the shipyard in Yalova was named after the legendary player of Turkish football, Metin Oktay from Izmir. It has been reported that Metin Oktay will start the next days after the procedure regarding the permitting process is completed.
Respect for legends
The names of the ships brought by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to the transportation fleet were determined as a result of the survey conducted with the participation of Izmir residents. In the questionnaire where more than 500 thousand games were used, the highest vote was named 1881-Atatürk. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which has put 11 ships manufactured to date, has given these ships the names Çakabey, 9 September, 1881 Atatürk, Soma 301, Dario Moreno, Attila İlhan, Foça, Cengiz Kocatoros, Gürsel Aksel, Sait Altınordu and Vahap Özaltay. The next ship of the Metropolitan will be "Gezi".
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality also gave the names of Hasan Tahsin, Ahmet Piriştina and Kubilay with the votes of the people of İzmir.
Has grown in Damlacık, became the top scorer in İzmirspor
Nick Oktay (1936-1991), nicknamed “The Crownless King”, started his football career in 1952 with Damlacıkspor, one of the local teams in Izmir. After playing in the infrastructure of Yilmaz Mensucat between 1953-1954, he started his professional career as a transfer to Izmirspor before the 1954-55 season. He experienced the İzmir Professional League championship and top scorer in his only season here. He signed with Galatasaray in 1955. He became the top scorer for three seasons in a row with his goals in the league. In the National League, which was established in 1959, he continued to live in top scorers and retained the title of top scorer in the first three seasons of the league. After his football career, he worked as a coach in various clubs. He died on September 13, 1991, after a traffic accident at the exit of the Bosphorus Bridge.
Faster, more comfortable, more secure
With the comfort, speed and maneuverability of İzmir's new passenger ships, it started a new era in sea transportation. The carbon composite material used in the ships reduced the fuel consumption depending on the weight, and accordingly the carbon dioxide emission decreased. Being especially environmentally friendly and disabled-friendly, keeping passenger safety at the highest level are among the important advantages of new ships. Thanks to the newer ships, the number of daily voyages in the inner gulf has increased from 200 to 300 on average. The ships, which cost about 8 million Euros each, can carry 426 passengers.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's 450 passenger and 71 passenger cars with new cars are appreciated with their technology and comfort. In the new car ferries that are designed for the disabled and visually impaired people to ride and move, the 2-5 is a playground for children of age, pet cages, baby stroller and 2 elevator for wheelchairs.



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