Hasan Engin, the President of MESİAD, requested that Taşucu Seka Port, for which the privatization tender has been announced, be connected to the Central Anatolia Region by rail and said, "The economic value of our region will increase if Taşucu Port, which is strategically important for the Eastern Mediterranean, is connected to Central Anatolia."
Mersin Industrialists and Business People Association (MESİAD) Chairman Hasan Engin, in a statement about Taşucu Port, which has been declared for privatization, asked that it be connected to the Central Anatolia Region by rail. Engin said that if Taşucu Seka Port is activated, aluminum and mineral productions produced in Konya Seydişehir district will be exported from here, as well as agricultural and bulk cargoes, adding that if the port-connected Konya-Karaman-Silifke-Taşucu railway project is made, the region will be the port base. Engin said, "The project design and construction of the Konya-Karaman-Silifke-Taşucu railway together with the Ulukışla Aksaray railway will increase the economic value of our region and Turkey," said Engin.
"IMPROVEMENT OF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS WILL INCREASE MOBILITY IN THE PORT"
Stating that the technical specifications of Taşucu Port should be improved, President Engin said, “With the activation of Taşucu Seka Port, the economic value of our region will increase. It will be an export and import port for the Central Anatolia Region. The port, with a pier depth of 10 meters, is also suitable for ferries and Ro-Ro ships. The port can also serve all vessels with a length of 200 meters. 118 tons of bulk cargo can be loaded per day at Seka Port, which has 3 thousand square meters of concrete field and 9 closed warehouses of 1000 thousand square meters in total. Improving technical features and shipyard pools will increase mobility in the port. In addition, bringing the idle Seka Paper factory area into the economy and even using this area as a free zone will increase added value and employment ”.
STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN "
Saying that “Taşucu Seka Port has a strategic importance in terms of Turkey's gas exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean”, President Engin said, “The materials and supply products of the natural gas (hydrocarbon) exploration works carried out in the Eastern Mediterranean are sent from this port. If there are natural gas reserves in the Mediterranean in the upcoming period, the ship traffic in the Mediterranean will increase. "With the activation of Taşucu Seka Port in Mersin, the port and logistics city, the value of both our city and our country will increase."
"THE SHIPYARD SHOULD BE ACTIVATED"
Drawing attention to the increase in economic value and employment in the region with the establishment of a shipyard in the port for maintenance, repair, painting and similar operations, Engin said, “There is no shipyard in the Mediterranean to carry out the maintenance and repair of the ships, which indicates the need for a shipyard in the Mediterranean. The shipyard area is ready in Tasucu Seka Port. With the activation of the shipyard area and the deepening of the shipyard pools, our region will be revitalized in sectoral terms. "Ships that have to go to other cities and countries for repair will save both economically and time."