Bugun - Izmir port, Turkey’s second busiest port after Istanbul, will receive a hefty amount of investment to make it one of the top five port cities in Europe. Binali Yildirim, Turkey’s Minister of Transportation and Communication, said Izmir port will receive investment worth TRY 450 million, thus becoming a candidate for inclusion among the top five European naval ports.
“The port will be divided into two sections: one for container and one for cruise shipping”, said Yildirim, adding that new docking facilities for cruise ships are planned in order to increase the number of passengers. Yildirim said the number of cruise passengers visiting Izmir, which is around 400,000 a year, may increase threefold once the upgrades in the port have been completed. The build-operate-transfer method will be used for the financing of the project, added Yildirim.