Mersin International Port Management Inc. (MIP), Turkey’s largest trade gateway to the world, held a groundbreaking ceremony recently to mark the beginning of the expansion works for the East Med Hub (EMH) II.
The ceremony was hosted by MIP General Manager, Johan Van Daele, and MIP Board Member, Zafer Kurtul.
The EMH II expansion project, representing an investment of $375 million, is set to increase the container handling capacity of the port from 2.6 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 3.6 million TEUs.
With the installation of an additional megavessel berth and the enlargement of the yard, MIP is gearing up to handle the growing volumes in the region and meet the demand for the port to serve the increasing number of mega-vessels.
Also, the expansion plans include the installation of 4 new quay cranes and 24 additional yard cranes.
“Through this investment, MIP will strengthen its position within the Eastern Mediterranean region and contribute towards the economic development of the port and region, as well as create additional employment opportunities,” said the company.
The EMH II project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.