Alsancak Port received EIA approval: The final approval has been received from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for the Izmir Bay and Port Rehabilitation Project, which will be jointly made by TCDD and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
The final approval was received from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization for the Izmir Bay and Port Rehabilitation Project, which was prepared jointly by TCDD and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, whose project was prepared in 2011 and caused a crisis between the local administration and the central administration for years.
İMEAK Chamber of Shipping İzmir Branch President Yusuf Öztürk, who evaluated the situation and stated that larger and higher tonnage ships could dock at Alsancak Port with the deepening of the Izmir Bay, said, 'Alsancak Port, which is indispensable for Izmir and our country, needs to be enlarged. Thanks to the dredging, the opportunity for growth of the port will increase, 'he said.
Mayor Öztürk, adding that with the Gulf Dredging Studies, will have the depth and width that 4-5 ships can dock at the Alsancak Port at the same time, 'EIA approval for the Izmir Bay and Port Rehabilitation Project carried out by TCDD General Directorate and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality output. Screening studies will begin in the first half of 2017 with the tenders with ongoing preparatory work. The canal to be opened in the north axis will provide circulation in Izmir Bay. With a 250-kilometer approach channel, which will have a width of 14 meters and a depth of 13 meters, larger container ships will be able to easily enter the Bay. Alsancak Port, which is indispensable for Izmir and our country, needs to be enlarged to keep it alive. Thanks to dredging, the port's growth prospect will increase. The way has been paved for the privatization of the port, making the necessary investments and operating efficiently. Thus, our Izmir will have the opportunity to reach the cruise port with a modern passenger terminal where 4-5 ships can dock at the same time.
Ports will grow by clustering
Öztürk stated that 18 ports and coastal facilities operate in the area of responsibility of İMEAK Chamber of Shipping İzmir Branch extending from Ayvalık to Dikili and said that the cargo volume handled at Alsancak Port and container ports in Aliağa exceeded 2016 million TEU in 1.3. Öztürk said, 'Every port in our region is expanding its capacity with new investments. Turkey's Aliaga port and energy hub that nature is stronger every day. With the Petlim Port operated by APM Terminals, the first phase of which was put into service, the total handling capacity of our region will approach 4 million TEU. Due to the imbalance between supply and demand, the North Aegean Çandarlı Port should be designed with a new vision. The fact that each of our ports specialize in certain areas and provide services by clustering will contribute to İzmir's goal of becoming a port region. İzmir Ports Area is a candidate to be the most valuable transfer center of our country and the region. For this, logistics centers that will connect ports to production centers and transportation networks, and road and rail investments should be completed as soon as possible.
Suspended in August
Following the positive decisions made by the DSI General Directorate, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage Museums, the Ministry of National Defense, the General Directorate of Spatial Planning and the General Directorate of Environmental Management last August, the project was approved by the EIA Permit and Inspection General Directorate Review and Evaluation Commission; He was suspended at the Governorship of İzmir, Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization for 10 days.
Exactly 4 months after the suspension of the project, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization announced the final EIA Positive Decision. In the EIA approval statement made by the Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization of İzmir Governorship, it was stated that 'the issues stated in the Final EIA Report and its annexes for the project in question and the relevant provisions of the regulations enacted pursuant to the Environmental Law No. 5491 amended by Law No. 2872, The necessary permissions must be obtained from the institutions / organizations and the information forms regarding the start of the investment and the construction period must be submitted to our Ministry, and the changes subject to the Regulation to be made in the project must be submitted to the Governorship of İzmir.
The project will start in the first half of 2017
Preparations will begin for the channel that will provide circulation in the Gulf and the deepening works that will allow large tonnage ships to enter Izmir Port.
Within the scope of the work, which is planned to start in the first half of 2017, two lines of 25,5 kilometers in the Gulf will be deepened by dredging ships with a function similar to a vacuum cleaner.
Handling: According to the Customs Law No.4458, the term handling refers to the stacking, relocation, transferring from large containers to small containers, renovation or repair of containers, ventilation, sieving, mixing and similar processes without changing the original characteristics of the goods under customs supervision.
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