Land works of the Uğur Mumcu Car Ferry has been completed. The ferry was launched with a ceremony held in Istanbul Tuzla Shipyard.
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality continues to increase the share of maritime transportation in public transportation and to expand its fleet with modern, environmentally friendly ships suitable for disabled use. The land works of the Uğur Mumcu Car Ferry, which was built by Çeliktrans Shipping Company at Istanbul Tuzla Shipyard to be included in the fleet of İZDENİZ by the Metropolitan Municipality, has been completed. A ceremony was held at Tuzla Shipyard due to the launch of the ship for the first time. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality General Dr. Secretary Buğra Gökçe, Deputy Secretary General Eser Atak, İZDENİZ Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Ufuk Tutan, İZDENİZ General Manager İlyas Murtezaoğlu, Çeliktrans Shipping Chairman Ahmet Ötkür and workers attended.
"We have completed the construction period"
Speaking at the ceremony, Ahmet Ötkür, Chairman of the Board of Çeliktrans Shipping, stated that the launching of ships was like a feast, and this was celebrated with joy. Stating that the construction of the ships in the shipyards is an extremely long and painstaking process and that those here are carrying out extremely self-sacrificing work, Ahmet Ötkür said: “We have completed the construction period of the Uğur Mumcu Ferry here today. It was launched into the sea. With the launch of the ship will gain the qualification. Port and cruise experiences will be completed in September after the ship's launch. Then the ferry will deliver it to Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.
"We will bring a new pearl to the Gulf"
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Dr. Buğra Gökçe started his speech by conveying the greetings of Tunç Soyer, Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. Drawing attention to the importance of sea transportation and the rail system, Buğra Gökçe said, “Unlike other cities in our country, we have been pursuing a strategy that reduces the carbon emission for a long time and prioritizes the rail system and sea transportation. We think that this is an indispensable requirement both for the sustainability of the world and for the future of cities ”. Referring to their investment in the rail system, sea route and ships for this reason, Gökçe said, “We believe that this is very important for the future of our cities. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is the only metropolitan municipality that has signed a carbon emission reduction agreement among three metropolitan cities. And he believes in the importance of this wholeheartedly. In this sense, bringing a new necklace or a new pearl to the Gulf does not mean just buying a ship for us, ”he said.
Uğur Mumcu's name will live on this ferry
Reminding that the ferry is named “Uğur Mumcu”, Gökçe said: “The name of our ferry was named after a very valuable journalist author and researcher Uğur Mumcu, who was a very early and untimely loss for our country. It also makes us happy that he will bear the name of Uğur Mumcu, one of the important names in the enlightenment of the country, our precious elder. Excited. I hope we want to experience this pride with Uğur Mumcu's family on the day he lands in the Gulf, and to share this pride with them and their loved ones. On this occasion, I would like to thank my dear colleagues and laborers who work here. Health to all of your hands and hearts. Don't let stones touch your feet. I hope you will launch many ships into the sea without any accident and trouble. " After the speeches, the steamer was launched. The ferryboat, whose name was determined as "Uğur Mumcu" by the people of Izmir as a result of the survey, will continue to be built at sea.
The ferry, built in Istanbul Tuzla Shipyard, is 74 meters long and 15,20 meters wide. It can carry 51 vehicles, 12 bicycles and 10 motorcycles. The ferry, which has a capacity of 322 passengers in the closed passenger hall, will offer passengers a panoramic view of the Gulf thanks to the large windows in the closed passenger lounge. The cruising speed of the ferry, which will be equipped with propeller systems with high maneuverability, will be 12 knots per hour.
There are two disabled lifts that provide access between the vehicle deck and the passenger deck on the starboard and port sides, large windows offering a view of the Gulf in the closed passenger lounge, TV broadcasts, wireless internet and sockets for phone-computer charging, and independent pet cages on the deck. There is also a baby care room, a toilet for the disabled, warning and direction signs for visually impaired passengers, special parking spaces for disabled passengers, disabled elevator, air conditioning system in the closed passenger hall, and a playground for children aged 2-5. .