Ekol's new Yalova ro-ro terminal starts operations
The first ship has already left the infrastructure and is now on its way to Trieste
The inauguration ceremony will take place in the next few days, but the new Ekol’s ro-ro terminal in Yalova, near Istanbul, has already begun operating.The first ship - the Qezban of Alternative Transports, the maritime company of the Turkish logistics group - left the facility on October 4th, and is now traveling to the EMT (Europe Multipurpose Terminal) in Trieste. In 2016 the group took over the 66% of the terminal through its subsidiary, s Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal.The new terminal, which has required an investment of 40 million Euros and about two years of work, will replace the Haydarpaşa one, closer to Istanbul's central neighborhoods, which has been used so far by Ekol, thus keeping more than 100,000 trailers out of the city centre and also providing traffic relief in the Harem-Üsküdar direction on the Anatolian Side.
Constructed in Yalova Topçular with an 80,000 square-meter floor area and 500 trailer capacity, the new Ro-Ro Terminal has a dock with 2 ramps, X-Ray, a customs office, a laboratory, agency offices, social facilities for drivers, a short-term storage area of 16,000 square meters and an ADR warehouse.
It also has laboratories to detect carcinogenic materials, paving the way for exporting textile and leather products, shoes, stationary and toys and a department that will analyze the food items for import and export, which is going to start operation by the end of the year, while as of November, vehicles destined for export will use the gasoline station without paying Special Consumption Tax.
On the opening of the terminal, Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal, Ekol's Chairman Ahmet Musul said: "This investment was made in the most logistically relevant region of Turkey and will support the efforts of all our exporters, especially the automotive industry. Our investments have contributed to the development of both our company and the industry as a whole; this will soon help us produce much better solutions based on quality and profit. As a leader and role model company well in front of its competitors both in Turkey and in our region, we will move ahead at full speed".