Turkey starts construction work on $230M shipping hub

A grounbreaking ceremony was held on Sunday for the construction of Izmir Candarli Port, which would be the biggest port in Turkey when completed.

Acting Transportation Minister Habib Soluk, State Minister Mehmet Aydin, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay participated in the ceremony.

“When completed, the Cabdarli Port will be the center of European-Asian sea trade and the new maritime Silk Road of the world will pass through Izmir,” Soluk told the ceremony.

Former Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said, on his part, that Candarli Port would among the top ten biggest ports in the world with container capacity of 12 million.

Yildirim said the project was expected to be completed within 750 days.

The project is carried out by a joint venture of Limak and Kolin and estimated to cost nearly 230.6 million Turkish liras.