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YILDIRIM GROUP’s New Container Terminal “YILPORT Gemlik”

BURSA, TURKEY, May 15, 2012 — YILDIRIM GROUP established its second container terminal in Gemlik, located on the south coast of Marmara Sea. The terminal, planned to be completed in December 2013, will have a container berth with a depth of minimum 16 m and will be able to handle up the largest cape-sized vessels.
 
Robert Yuksel YILDIRIM, the President of YILDIRIM GROUP, said that the company would continue to expand its port operations and portfolio management: “In accordance with its vision, YILDIRIM Group will establish a facility to provide a new ergonomic employment opportunity that keeps up with the international standards in the region and harbour reach.”
 
In accordance with the characteristics of YILDIRIM operations, YILPORT Gemlik is aimed to use the most advanced technology through state of the art reach stacker and maintain its quality of performance and service for which YILPORT Gebze was rewarded.
 
In the first phase, the target is to acquire annually 600,000 TEU for container handling by the YILDIRIM investment approximately worth $200 M and to handle up to the transit as well as the  import and export business. It is planned to serve mother ships by deploying 4 QC Cranes (STS), which is able to work with 22th container on a vessel, on the berth with a length of 400 m and serve feeder container ships by deploying 2 mobile cranes on the berth with a length of 250 m.
 
Moreover, YILPORT Gemlik will have the advantage of being surrounded by empty container yard services, CFS services, cargo inspection and an open area provided with warehouse services, which has been needed in the industry.
 
Sean PIERCE, CEO of YILPORT, commented on YILDIRIM’s enterprise for YILPORT Gemlik:
 
“YILPORT Gemlik will be initiated in a crucial period of time in Turkish marine trade. The region requires a multi-purpose port in which freighters and the freight can be handled up much faster. It is forecast to reach the level of average 35 movements per hour in all container operations of YILPORT Gemlik.
 
It is important to construct a container terminal, not only as a hub port but also launch a facility to fit the concept of one-stop-shopping through which all the needs for container line operators and their customers can be met with the integration of customs, freight shipping companies, container line operators and all other areas. YILDIRIM exceeds the norms for terminal operations and construction at YILPORT Gemlik.
 
YILPORT Gemlik is located on the one of the most active economic regions by development and growth plans in progress that belongs to global automotive products and numerous producing companies. The region has a significant export volume based upon marble & mining trade as well as the industries mentioned. Hersek-Dilovasi Bridge, the public entrepreneurship project which has been recently announced, is also expected to positively affect YILPORT Gebze and YILPORT Gemlik.
 
The bridge that is finalized to be built, through the contract the Ministry of Transport signed on October 27, 2011, will surpass Gulf of Izmit and the region will reduce the transit duration from 2 hours to 6 minutes by integrating Istanbul with Izmir. YILPORT Gebze, YILPORT Gemlik and such logistic centres will raise the speed of international cargo movements and directly volume in accordance with YILDIRIM Group’s strategy and Turkish government’s vision to establish faster freight gangways."
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