12/26/2008

Mediterranean's largest shipyard only months away

Today’s Zaman - The Besiktas Shipping Group, a leading company in the Turkish maritime business, will soon complete preparations and begin constructing a shipbuilding facility in the Adana-Yumurtalik Free Trade Zone in Turkey. Once complete, the shipyard will be the largest of its kind in the Mediterranean basin. The shipyard will occupy 100,000 square meters of land and 300,000 square meters of sea. It will also have two floating dry docks, one of which will be 400 meters long and 70 meters wide while the other will be 350 meters long and 70 meters wide. These docks will be used for supertankers exceeding 300 meters in length that need repairs. Construction is scheduled for completion in three years and will likely cost USD 100 million. The company will use its own resources to finance the project, which is expected to create jobs for some 3,000 people.

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