Port News of the port of Istanbul

2 days ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus closure for work on bridge on Dec. 20
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.

18 days ago by arnekiel

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.”

55 days ago by arnekiel

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.

56 days ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus to close for Republic Day fireworks
The Bosphorus will be closed to transit traffic between 14:00 and 23:00 hours on 29 October, due to fireworks at Bosphorus Bridge as part of Rebublic Day celebrations....

61 days ago by arnekiel

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.

80 days ago by arnekiel

Five-day holiday
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%.

81 days ago by arnekiel

Fog halted traffic in the Istanbul Strait
Traffic in the Istanbul Strait was halted at 0800 hours local time on 1 October due to fog and low visibility.

101 days ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus closure for Extreme Sailing Series
The Bosphorus will be closed to all traffic from 1000 to 1500 hours local time tomorrow (Saturday 13 September) due to the Extreme Sailing Series event. Source: GAC HotPortNews

114 days ago by arnekiel

Bosphorus to close to transits on Sept. 01
The Bosphorus will be closed to transits on Monday (1 September) during the northbound passage of the platform Castoro Sei to Burgas.

306 days ago by arnekiel

Heavy fog shuts two Turkish straits to shipping traffic
Heavy fog on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 forced the closure of Turkey's Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits, vital routes for Russian oil and other commodities,

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