Türkiye’s Mersin International Port plans for expansion
Photo Credit: Mersin International Port
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced their plan to issue a loan of up to $50 million to the operator of the Mersin International Port, Mersin Uluslararasi Liman Isletmeciligi A.S. This investment will partially finance the second phase of the construction of the East Mediterranean Hub (EMH) Project. As Türkiye's largest port in terms of total container throughput, the project will help increase the port’s container handling capacity.
Launched in 2013, the EMH project completed its first phase in 2016. The second phase intends to expand the Akdeniz District container terminal in Mersin, Türkiye. This will include a 380-metre extension of the berth towards the sea and an 880m EMH quay, increasing the port's container handling capacity by 35% from 2.6 million TEU to 3.6 million TEU.
Due to the planned extension, dredging and disposal of material will play a key role in the project. The dredging management and monitoring plan for the project has stated that approximately 3,297,000 m3 of solid material (sea sediment) in four dredging areas is slated for removal. The Environmental Management Plan Report states that dredging will occur six days a week with 30,000m3 of sediment dredged per day, resulting in 780,000m3 per month (26 days).
The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the port extension has been reviewed, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has provided it with an approval date of September 20, 2023. For more information about the port expansion, please click here.
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