Posted on 07 April 2012
Izmir port is to be rehabilitated and revitalised by the state railway authority in an effort to increase its capacity and revenue. In a statement released this week the authority said that because of a lengthy privatisation process, the port has lacked investment for some time.
The privatisation process, which is being overseen by Turkey’s Privatization Administration (ÖİB) is to convert the port to a mixed passenger/freigt port, and also to cover the construction of the new cruise marina for the province according to the railway authority statement.
Under the new project the authority will construct two piers, which, between them will be able to service five big passenger ships simultaneously, before the ÖİB goes out to tender for the construction of an İzmir cruise marina. The rehabilitation project also aims for large, Panamax-type cargo carriers to dock at the freight port.