Maritime Transportation Development Workshop Held in Istanbul

A Workshop on the Improvement of Maritime Transportation in Istanbul was Held
Maritime Transportation Development Workshop Held in Istanbul

City Lines organized the 'Development of Maritime Transportation in Istanbul Workshop', which aims to determine a strategy for integrating with land and rail system transportation in order to increase sea transportation. All public transportation stakeholders and official institutions attended the workshop, which was held at Istanbul Planning Agency Florya Campus and whose opening speeches were made by City Lines General Manager Sinem Dededaş, Transportation Department Head Utku Cihan, İBB Public Transportation Services Manager Barış Yıldırım and BİMTAŞ Deputy General Manager Nazım Akkoyun. .


City Lines General Manager Sinem Dedetaş, who made the opening speech of the workshop, said that the sea represents the most enjoyable aspect of public transportation in Istanbul and said, “Increasing the share of the sea in public transportation cannot be thought of independently of integration. We are organizing this workshop in order to establish a common mind in order to increase the sea share in public transportation.”


Drawing attention to the importance of efficient and correct use of resources, Dedetaş said, “There are current market conditions that are pressing us all. Despite these market conditions, we will try to figure out how we can act together as a single voice. We, as Şehir Hatları, represent the public side of transportation, but we also work with the private sector. We all feel the need to talk about the problems we are experiencing together. One of our most important problems is the economic resource. We want to offer solutions on how it is possible to sustain and increase sea transportation under these conditions.”

Referring to the increasing maintenance-repair, material and fuel costs and the correct and efficient use of resources, Dedetaş said that in order to minimize the expenses, the materials used by all stakeholders jointly, to the extent permitted by the regulations, are purchased with the collective purchasing power, the maintenance and repair processes are shared, and the evaluation of the Haliç Shipyard in ship maintenance. by cooperating on tariff determination and the use of common piers; He emphasized that maximized voyage, maximized passenger satisfaction and return to comfort is the main goal. Referring to the unity of the fleet in the joint operation model, Dedetaş emphasized the need to build new ships that are smaller, environmentally friendly and unobstructed compared to the existing ones, with a nostalgic ferry look that suits Istanbul.


Addressing all stakeholders, Dedetaş emphasized that Istanbul's inland waterways public transportation volume is Europe's largest inland maritime transportation and stated that the electricity transformation should be planned for the near future for a more environmentally friendly Istanbul that is free from exhaust and has a low carbon rate.


He also touched upon the restoration at Haliç Shipyard of the passenger ferry Paşabahçe, which has been sailing on the Adalar and Yalova line for 58 years in Istanbul and has a very important place in Istanbul's city memory. Dedetaş stated that the ferry will be removed from the dry dock number two in the shipyard soon, and stated the importance they attach to maritime history.


In his speech, IMM Public Transportation Services Manager Barış Yıldırım said, “Smart planning; It is about considering the environment, society and economy as a whole and using them by taking into account the needs of tomorrow's generations. . From this perspective, our city, with its natural spatial and economic diversity that unites two continents, is one of the cities where rail systems and highways are used as well as sea transportation. In fact, although there are very serious alternatives such as the Bosphorus bridges, Marmaray and Eurasia tunnel, approximately 250 thousand passengers are transported daily in our city. This puts our city at the top of the world in public transportation. Although Istanbul is in this situation, our President, Mr. Ekrem İmamoğluWe are working together with the goals of . In addition to the environmental plan, transportation master plan, and development of public transportation strategies, this workshop also comes to the fore. I hope that the results of this workshop will be beneficial for the transporters and passengers in the sector, and then for the people of Istanbul.”


İBB Transportation Department Head Utku Cihan said, “It is very important for us to deal with the sea together. We want to realize our aim of bringing maritime transportation in Istanbul to a better place. Let's try to apply what science and data tell us. How should the sea transportation of a city like Istanbul be? We want to demonstrate this with this study. We call it a common table, we want to produce solutions together. City Lines started such a work, Bimtaş brought us together and common tables were set up. We want to get everyone's opinion and work together. We want to improve Istanbul's maritime transport," he said.


In order to make an informative presentation about the project, BİMTAŞ Deputy General Manager Nazım Akkoyun said, “We will try to manage it collectively with an organization from the center by strengthening the institutionalization in maritime transportation. We will determine the line, route and pier management strategies together. Integration of other public transport systems is one of our important topics. The general aims of the study are to determine the implementation methods in the short and medium term that include sustainable solutions.

After the speeches and the project presentation, all sector representatives were divided into discussion groups to share their opinions on the following 6 questions. At the end of the study, the ideas and comments of each working group on the questions were taken and the basic views that would form the workshop results were collected.

1- What would be your steps to improve sea transportation in Istanbul?

2-What are the problems you encounter in the maritime line management in Istanbul?

3- What are the problems regarding the integration of maritime transport with other public transport systems? Where do you think improvements need to be made?

4-What are your views on common tariff, common ticketing, common pier management and the unification of the entire operating system?

5-What are your suggestions for a new pier that can be accessed on foot from dense residential areas?

6-What are your new sea route line suggestions?
In the second meeting of the project, all public institutions and stakeholders, the components of the highway and rail systems for the integration of the sea route, will come together to expand the scope of the work.

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