The Purpose, Route, Dimensions and Cost of the Kanal Istanbul Project

the purpose of the canal istanbul project, route dimensions and cost
the purpose of the canal istanbul project, route dimensions and cost

The Bosphorus, through which approximately 43.000 ships pass annually, is a natural waterway with a narrowest point of 698 m. The increase in tonnage in ship traffic, the increase in ship sizes as a result of technological developments, and the increase in the number of ships (tankers) carrying fuel and other similar dangerous/toxic substances pose a great pressure and threat on Istanbul.

In the Bosphorus, there are sharp turns, strong currents, and vertically intersecting urban maritime traffic with transit ship traffic that risk waterway transportation. Hundreds of thousands of residents live on both sides of the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus is a place of commerce, life and transit for millions of Istanbulites during the day. The Bosphorus is becoming more dangerous every year in terms of the risks posed by the passing ship traffic. The annual number of ship transits, which was 100-3 thousand 4 years ago, has increased and has reached 45-50 thousand today. Due to the one-way traffic organization implemented to increase navigational safety, the average waiting time in the Bosphorus for large ships is approximately 14,5 for each ship stuck in hold. is the hour. The waiting period can sometimes take 3-4 days or even a week depending on the ship traffic and weather conditions and sometimes an accident or malfunction.

In this framework, it has become mandatory to plan an alternative transit corridor to the Bosphorus. Safe travel for our people will be ensured by preventing the risk of fatal accidents caused by the 500-degree vertical intersection of the ships transiting the city lines, which carry 90 thousand passengers a day, with Kanal Istanbul. At the same time, it will be possible to increase the share of seaway in urban transportation.

In this context, the aim of the Kanal Istanbul Project is;

  • Protecting the historical and cultural texture of the Bosphorus and increasing its security,
  • To reduce the burden caused primarily by maritime traffic in the Bosphorus and to increase the security of the Bosphorus.
  • Ensuring the traffic safety of the Bosphorus,
  • Ensuring navigational safety,
  • Creation of a new international maritime waterway
  • Establishing a modern earthquake resistant residential area based on horizontal architecture, taking into account a possible Istanbul earthquake.

Channel Istanbul Route

In order to determine the route of the Kanal Istanbul Project, 5 different alternative corridors were studied. The environmental effects of alternative routes and their effects on surface water and soil resources, underground water resources, transportation networks, cultural and natural assets have been examined. In addition, the construction cost and times were compared.

The corridors were compared and the route following the east of Küçükçekmece Lake - Sazlıdere Dam - Terkos was used by using a type cross section that will allow the passage of tankers with a length of 275 meters, a maximum draft of 17 meters and an average of 145.000 tons, which is determined as the largest concept ship navigating the world's seas from Kanal Istanbul. was determined as the most suitable corridor.

Project Location

Within the scope of the Canal Istanbul Project, approximately 6.149 m of the Channel Corridor following Küçükçekmece Lake – Sazlıdere Dam – Terkos East is within the borders of Küçükçekmece district of Istanbul province, approximately 3.189 m of it is within the borders of Avcılar district of Istanbul province, approximately 6.061 m. part of it is within the borders of Istanbul province, Başakşehir district and the remaining approximately 27.383 m is located within the boundaries of Arnavutköy district of Istanbul province.

Project Location
Project Location

Section and Dimensions of the Kanal Istanbul Project

The length of the canal will be approximately 45 km, its base width will be a minimum of 275 meters and its depth will be 20,75 meters. Improvements can be made in project dimensions by taking into account regional developments and projections that will benefit our country's geopolitical and strategic superiority, socio-economics, employment and security and carry our country to 2040 and 2071 targets.

Total Cost of Kanal Istanbul

canal construction cost 75billion TL. The project is for the protection of the historical texture of Istanbul, for the safety and security of Istanbul residents and for the benefit of our country. This is too valuable to be measured in monetary terms. The international trade volume that we will achieve when implemented and the increase in the strategic importance of our country cannot be evaluated in monetary terms.

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