Fire in container port contained
The fire at the Port of Iskenderun has finally been extinguished, Turkey's ministry of defense announced on Feb 7. It was the second time that the ministry has reported that the fire has been put out; after the previous announcement, the blaze resumed at scale, and firefighters managed to contain it later that night. Iskenderun's container terminal is still closed due to the severe structural damage, which forced the facility to halt all operations. The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck southern Turkey on Feb 6 had a significant impact on the port, toppling stacks of containers and cracking pavement. The physical damage is severe enough that container lines were diverting vessels to other ports, like nearby Mersin. The quake also sparked a fire in the center of the terminal's container storage area. Turkey's coast guard deployed a vessel to apply water from the quayside, and the Turkish air force and army sent aircraft to drop fire retardant on the blaze. The fire spread despite these efforts, but was finally contained in the night of Feb 7. Report with video: https://maritime-executive.com/article/fire-at-port-of-iskenderun-extinguished-after-two-days
Many containers on fire following powerful earthquake
Thick black smoke was rising from burning containers at Iskenderun Port on Feb 6, 2023. The fire was caused by containers that toppled over during the powerful earthquake that struck southeast Turkey. ATurkish Coast Guard vessel was assisting efforts to extinguish the blaze.
CMA CGM Adds Iskenderun Call on BEX Service
The CMA CGM Group has announced that starting June 16, a call in the South Turkish port of Iskenderun will be added to the Group’s Bosphorus Express Line (BEX). The CMA CGM Group adapts its offer to its clients’ needs and introduces a unique service between Asia and Iskenderun on the market. In order to answer its clients’ needs, the CMA CGM Group adapts its BEX line, joining Asia to the East Mediterranean, by adding a call in the port of Iskenderun. The Group now offers the only direct service on the market, and the best transit times between Asia and Iskenderun. http://www.marinelink.com/news/iskenderun-service-adds393048.aspxUpload News