The Bosphorus will be closed to all transit traffic in both directions from 05:00 to 16:00 hours local time on Friday 9 January, due to the works on 3rd Bosphorus Bridge.
Masters of vessels trading should act in accordance with VTS instructions and take all related precautions.
Bad weather is expected in the Turkish Straits and ports in the coming four days. All vessels trading in the area are urged to exercise caution and comply with the instructions of the authorities. Although efforts will be made to continue operations, expecially in the Turkish Straits, this will be subject to weather pemritting.
Storm forces Turkey to shut Dardanelles to tankers
Turkey shut its Dardanelles Strait on Dec. 30 to tankers and its flag carrier cancelled some domestic and international flights in and out of Istanbul due to a storm.
The Dardanelles waterway is frequently forced to shut during the winter due to rough weather, usually at least two or three times a month.
Five northbound and three southbound tankers waiting to pass through the Dardanelles were expected to be scheduled to do so on Tuesday, shipping agency GAC said.
The Bosphorus Strait remained open.
Connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits form one of the world’s major energy shipping routes, with about 10,000 vessels carrying 150 million tonnes of oil and petroleum products on the waterways every year.
Turkish Airlines cancelled 10 flights to and from Istanbul, while local ferries across the Bosphorus were also cancelled.
The Bosphorus will be closed to all transit traffic in both directions today, 20 December, from 06:00 to 15:00 hours,
due to works on 3rd Bosphorus Bridge.
Masters of vessels trading must act in line with VTS instructions and take all related precautions.
APM Terminals interested in potential Istanbul terminal
Container terminal operating company, APM Terminals, are interested in opening a facility in Istanbul in Turkey’s Marmara region. Although, no specific timeframe has been mentioned, Turkey’s “sizeable” economic growth compared to the rest of Europe plus its “low container penetration ratio” are proving attractive to the multinational company. Turkish container volumes are growing at twice the speed of GDP, which grew by 4.0% in 2013, and APM Terminals are currently “analysing the markets to determine the preferred strategy to enter”. Mogens Wolf Larsen, managing director of APM Terminals’ Izmir operations, told CM: “Marmara is interesting because Istanbul accounts for approximately 60% of the total Turkey volumes, so there is scale to have a large operation. The Istanbul market is also served by many of APM Terminals’ 60 global shipping line customers, so we would like to be able to also provide them with our services in Istanbul.”
Dardanelles traffic suspension after tanker engine malfunction solved
As reported, traffic was supended in the Dardanelles at 08:00 hours, on 27 October after an LNG carrier experienced an engine malfunction at Arzew – Marmara Ereglisi whilst transiting northbound. The engine malfunction was solved on board by the crew and the vessel completed her NB Dardanelles transit on the same day at 16:15 hours. Normal traffic resumes after 16:30 hours on 27 October.
Vessels arriving from West Africa
As per a circular issued by Turkey's Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas, vessels entering Turkish waters from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria are prohibited from having contact for any matters like crew change, provision supply, bunkering, FW supplies, etc.
Contact with such vessels is considered to be highly risky due to Ebola. Contact will only be allowed after 21 days of sailing from port in the above-mentioned countries.
Official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed from today (3 October) until and including Tuesday 7 October. Some ports may be closed during this five-day holiday or fees for official services such as pilotage, towage, mooring or customs) increased by 50%.