A harbor will be built for roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) ships on the European side of Istanbul, which will help eliminate the number of semi-trailer trucks clogging up the streets and highways of the metropolis and ease traffic in the region.
The Ro-Ro port, which will transport long-haul trucks from Istanbul’s southwestern Ambarlı district to Yalova’s Topçular district in the east of the Marmara Sea, will be constructed after the Environmental Impact Report (ÇED) for the project, which was presented to Istanbul’s Environment and Urbanization Directorate, is accepted.
The project, which is estimated to be constructed within three years and will cost a total of 110 million Turkish Liras, aims to decrease the strain on Istanbul’s clogged roads by some 2,000 semi-trailer trucks or 3,500 trucks, the estimated carriage figures for the Ro-Ro ships which will operate between Ambarlı and Topçular on a daily basis.
The trucks will travel from Europe to Asia by means of a two-hour sea voyage, plus a half-an-hour loading time, greatly reducing the 300-kilometer trip by road which can take up to seven hours. The project also aims to reduce wear and tear on the roads between the two cities.
The Ro-Ro port at Ambarlı will be built on a total of 162,373 square meters of land which belongs to the Treasury and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. A part of sea will be filled within the scope of the project, which will be conducted by Istanbul Fast Ferries Co. Inc. (İDO A.Ş.), which was purchased by the Tepe–Akfen–Souter-Sera joint venture after it was privatized in 2011.
The Environment and Urbanization Ministry will hold a meeting on Aug. 20 to inform citizens about the project and its possible effects regarding the ÇED report.
Feb 23 (Reuters) – Libya’s internationally recognised government has said it will end all contracts with companies from Turkey, a country it has accused of supporting a rival administration.
The government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni did not spell out its reasons for the decision, posted on a cabinet website late on Sunday.
A Turkish official said the government was evaluating the situation in the north African oil producer, where Turkish businesses have traditionally had a strong presence.
Thinni and the allied elected parliament have been confined to a rump state in the east since an armed group called Libya Dawn seized the capital Tripoli and reinstated a previous assembly.
“The council of ministers … decided to review all contracts with foreign companies in all areas and exclude Turkish firms from operating in Libya,” the cabinet statement said.
Major world powers have boycotted the Tripoli government which critics say is backed by Islamists groups. But the United Nations has included lawmakers from the rival parliament in a dialogue aimed at defusing a violent power struggle between the two Libyan administrations.
Turkey is one of a handful of countries which has publicly received officials from the Tripoli government and parliament.
Ankara has denied siding with the Tripoli government, and says it supports U.N. efforts to broker peace, while repeatedly calling for more inclusive talks to end the bloodshed.
Critics of Ankara say its Libya policy is an extension of a pro-Islamist agenda which has already seen relations sour with other former regional allies, notably Egypt.
Any ban of Turkish companies would be limited to eastern areas where Thinni’s forces are in control. Much of western Libya is held by the rival administration and its allied factions, while Islamist militants have also exploited a power vacuum to show a presence in some areas.
Libya’s official government banned Palestinians, Syrians and Sudanese from entry in January, saying their countries were undermining Libya’s security.