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SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF MERSIN INTERNATIONAL PORT AND CONTAINER HANDLING
SİNAN AKDAĞ
Lithuanian Maritime Academy, 7 I. Kanto Street, Klaipeda, LT-92123 Lithuania,
E-mail: akdg.sinan@gmail.com

Abstract
Nowadays, as in the world trade, an important portion of Turkey’s trade is being carried via marine transportation. Mersin International Port is situated in the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Port provides a short sailing period to other ports in Mediterranean, Black Sea and Red Sea Regions, and also has an efficient linkage to its hinterland. The Mersin International Port is the leading port of Turkey in imports, exports and transit trade for especially agricultural and industrial products. Mersin port is the largest port of Turkey in terms of total dock length, port area, depth, container stocking & ship acceptance capacities and staff quantity. In this study, I tried to examine the importance of Mersin International Port for Turkey and for the other Middle East countries.
Keywords: marine transportation, largest port, Mediterranean

Introduction

Mersin International Port (MIP), is a major port located on the north-eastern coast of Mediterranean Sea at Mersin in southern Turkey. It is the country's largest port.
The operating right of Mersin Port, which had been operated by Turkish Republic State Railways (TCDD) until the date of 11 May,2007, was assigned for 36 years to Mersin International Port Management INC. (MIP), which was established by the PSA-Akfen Joint Venture Group.   In this context, this study aims at examing the current situation of Mersin International Port.

Inportance of Mersin Internatıonal Port’s in Region

Mersin Internatıonal Port makes significant contributions to Turkey’s economy in international markets, as well as in domestic markets. Mersin International Port is connected via railways and highways with Turkey’s industrialized cities such as Ankara, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kahramanmaraş and Konya and with bordering...

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