Yalova - Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan noted increased investment in the Turkish shipbuilding industry, with $2.8 billion in the last 15 years as well as significant growth in infrastructure.
Speaking at the launching ceremony of the MV “Jambo” Ferryboat at the Özata Shipyard in Yalova, Arslan said, “The number of shipyards has risen from 35 to 79. We have 585 places for boat production, with a capacity to produce 700,000 tons of steel every year and to build 4.5 million deadweight tons of ships.” Arslan emphasized that Turkey has made notable progress in the shipping industry over the last 15 years, with the sector’s yearly turnover now reaching $2.5 billion.
Arslan said the shipping, another major industry in Turkey is also on the rise: “Shipping is far beyond the shipbuilding sector. Moreover, while the international shipping industry has been in serious crisis since 2008, our country’s sector has continued to grow, make progress and create employment. We’re talking about a size of $2.5 billion which includes exports, maintenance, upkeep, domestic production, subsidiary industries, and the boat recycling industry,” he said.