Montenegro: GPH Acquires 62 Pct of Bar Port
Global Ports Holdings has, through privatization, acquired the unlisted 62% share of the Port of Bar. This is the first time a Turkish company acquires the majority ownership of a port operation overseas, as has been indicated by Saygın Narin, the CEO of GPH.
GPH, the only operator of three leading commercial and cruise ports in Turkey, has been awarded the concession agreement for 30 years to repair, finance, operate and maintain the general freight and cargo terminal in the city of Bar, Montenegro as the winner of the tender held jointly by the Montenegro Ministry of Transport&Maritime and the Montenegro Port Authority.
In a ceremony held on the Bar Port on November 15th 2013, a Turkish company for the first time acquired a majority stake in an international port.
GPH brought 62% of the Port of Bar into its portfolio for a total cost of c. Euro30mn. The acquisition is the first investment of GPH abroad as well as being the first ever Turkish acquisition of a controlling stake in an overseas port operation.
Narin underlined that the Port of Bar had a throughput of 35.000-40.000 containers in an area of 400.000-450.000sqmt yet it could expand up to 1mn containers as a result of some infrastructure works to be carried.
Narin continued: “We aim to direct the Serbian traffic back to the port to increase utilization. There is a railway to the port which is not very active, we will utilize this railway more actively. Also, the Port of Bar will be able to serve the European countries in the vicinity. Of course, I should add that some portion of the truck traffic from Turkey to Europe and from Europe to Turkey will shift to the Bar Port. Additionally, the Port has very large warehouses; we aim to build a logistics center around these. Finally, the Port has a potential to become a new route for the cruise ships. Therefore, we plan to build a cruise pier in the Port. We will contribute to the economy of the country with the cruise pier as well.”
Press Release, November 19, 2013