Number of Amateur Seaman Certificates Reached 1 Million in Turkey

The Number of Amator Seaman Certificates in Turkey Reached Million
Number of Amateur Seaman Certificates Reached 1 Million in Turkey

Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, stated that they started the 'Target 2023: 1 Million Amateur Seafarers' Project in order to reach the maritime nation and maritime country target, and said, “Within the scope of the project; In order to raise generations living by the sea, the first and important steps have been taken so that young people can see their bright future in the seas. With this project, the basic trainings were given primarily by the expert trainers in our Ministry and the port directorates under its responsibility. And we have achieved our goal of One Million Amateur Seafarers before 2023.”

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu spoke at the One Millionth Amateur Sailor Document Delivery and Protocol Signing Ceremony; “Our ancestors; By experiencing the period of absolute sovereignty in the Turkish Straits for about 3 centuries; It is the truth of all of us that they establish a world empire by reaching the oceans by providing full sea control in the Black Sea, Aegean and Mediterranean. As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we take every step we have taken under the leadership of our President in the last 20 years with this awareness. Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha's statement 'He who dominates the seas will dominate the world' still and strongly maintains its correctness today.


Emphasizing that maritime transport, which undertakes approximately 86 percent of the world trade volume, is the backbone of global trade, Karaismailoğlu said that maritime, where the cargo volume has grown more than 50 times in the last 20 years, is the most strategic sector. Pointing out that approximately 2021 percent of the cargoes for import purposes and about 93 percent of the cargoes for export purposes were transported by sea in 81 in Turkey, Karaismailoğlu said, “As you can see, if there is no maritime sector in order to have a strong economy and a voice in the world, not possible. We took giant steps to carry the maritime industry to today's global and competitive world, by taking the wind of the atmosphere of stability and trust in our country. Today, with our 31,3 million dead-ton capacity, we have risen to the 15th rank in terms of the global maritime merchant fleet. With our tonnage of 36 million dead-tons at the end of the year, we expect to move up one more step in the world ranking and rise to the 14th rank. Also, Turkish Bayraklı We see that our ship tonnage will increase this year, after a long time.”


Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport, noted that they continued their "infrastructure attack" in maritime as well, adding that they achieved a great success and increased the number of shipyards to 2002, which was only 37 in 84, and the number of ports to 149, which was 217. Karaismailoğlu said, “Thanks to the measures we have taken, despite the pandemic, our country has grown in the maritime sector in 2020 and in 2021,” Karaismailoğlu said, adding that the world has closed the last 2 years with shrinkage.

Karaismailoğlu said, “There was a 1,2 percent decrease in container handling and a 3,8 percent decrease in total cargo handling. However, the amount of containers handled at our country's ports increased by 8,3 percent compared to the previous year and amounted to 12,6 million TEUs last year. We increased our total amount of cargo handled by 6 percent compared to the previous year. We increased it to 526 million tons. We anticipate that we will continue our growth this year and that a total of 2022 million tons of cargo will be handled by the end of 545. In the January-October 2022 period, despite the Russia-Ukraine war, a 5 percent increase was recorded in the amount of cargo handled at our ports compared to the same period of the previous year. Despite the economic crisis in the world, the shrinkage in the country's economies, the danger of stagnation and the wars, these figures that our country has achieved only in maritime trade are an important part of the success story we have written on the way we are walking with the target of investment, employment, production, export and current account surplus.


Karaismailoğlu stated that a list is published every year by the Paris Memorandum according to the performances of the flag states and that Turkey's performance is constantly increasing. He stated that he is gradually strengthening his position here. Karaismailoğlu continued his speech by emphasizing that they achieved their goal of being among the top 2002 most successful countries in 160 and that they rose to the 2023th place:

“This success and many more are the result of state intelligence, scientific planning, our joint work with the industry, and most importantly, 20 years of stability. Our flag with crescent and star has taken its place among the most prestigious flag states of the world by increasing it from the 80th rank to the 70th rank among 8 countries. In this way, Turkish Bayraklı Our ships have gained the right to be inspected at the ports of Paris Memorandum in less frequent periods. Thus, unnecessary waiting of our ships at ports, which may cause delays in their commercial activities, has been prevented. The most precious thing for us is that we have once again shown the dignity of the Turkish flag to the whole world. Although these are great achievements, there are many steps ahead for the sustainable development of our maritime sector and its contribution to the economy. It is not enough that our country is surrounded by seas on three sides. It is necessary to sail to these seas, to use the coasts and to be able to get the most benefit from the seas. This is possible, first of all, when amateur-sporting maritime can develop and become a part of our culture and lives. The Turkish nation, which has increased the awareness of maritime culture by promoting, popularizing and popularizing the sea and maritime, will increase and expand its economic interests in all areas of maritime and will provide the greatest benefit to its country in this field.


Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoğlu said, “Within the scope of the 'Target 2023: 1 Million Amateur Seafarers' Project, in order to instill the maritime culture, to turn our people's face to the sea and to achieve the goal of a maritime nation, a maritime country; In order to raise generations living by the sea, the first and important steps have been taken so that young people can see their bright future in the seas. With this project, the basic trainings were given primarily by the expert trainers in our Ministry and the port directorates under its responsibility. And our goal of One Million Amateur Seafarers before 2023 has been achieved. We are also very pleased that we have increased the interest and curiosity of our citizens in the sea and maritime, thanks to our trainings. Seafarer nation, seafaring country… We will continue to take every step that will enable our goal to grow even stronger. In this context, today, we will sign a protocol between our Ministry and the Turkish Sailing Federation. Thus, we will support both practical training and theoretical training.”


Explaining that they also contributed to the production of private boats with the widespread maritime culture, Karaismailoğlu said, “Despite the pandemic conditions, the number of private boats was recorded in 4 thousand new boat mooring logs, 39 thousand of which were newly built, in the 62 years the project continued, and the total number of private boats reached 49 thousand from 111 thousand. . We believe that these numbers will continue to increase with our efforts; We anticipate that sea tourism will also be positively affected by this growth. Another result of the widespread maritime culture is that our seas gain meaning not only as a commercial tool but also as an environmental value. Our amateur sailors are also the most precious protectors of this culture. Because those who know the sea love it. He who loves the sea protects it.”


Pointing out that as the Ministry, they have taken and continue to take important steps not only for amateur seafarers but also for ship crews, Karaismailoğlu said, “The processes such as training, exams, promotions and qualification renewals, which our ship people are subject to throughout their entire sea life, should be at world standards by our Ministry. In order to make these much easier and faster, we renewed the Ship People Information System and put it into operation as of 15 August 2022. Thanks to this project, all maritime operations of our 135 active ship crew can be carried out much faster, without documents and in a secure manner. Our Ministry will continue its investments in 2023 to strengthen the workforce and create youth employment in the maritime sector. In this context, our Ministry provides opportunities to include female students who face more difficulties in finding internship opportunities. An Equal Opportunity Collaboration Protocol was signed with 15 of the leading companies in our industry for our maritime undergraduate girls to complete their compulsory sea internships. We carried our internship mobilization to 2023. In addition, taking into account the reports that the officer deficit will increase in the coming years in the world, it is among our most important priorities to fill this deficit by Turkish ship crews.”


Expressing that they have established 21 Regional Port Presidency in order for Turkey to provide better service to the maritime sector, ensure its sustainability and further strengthen the maritime organization, Karaismailoğlu said that with these regional port authorities, they will provide much faster and more effective service and will add strength to the power of the maritime administration. Reminding that they have updated the Golden Frank value of the tolls of the ships transiting through the Straits, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said, “We have increased the lighthouse and salvage fees received from the ships transiting through the Turkish Straits approximately 5 times, and we will update this fee every 1 July from now on. We increased the public share of pilotage and tugboat services by up to 30 percent. We have published the Directive on the Fees of Guidance and Tugboat and Mooring Services. Turkish in the Directive Bayraklı We provided support in favor of the ships,” he said.


In the light of the 2053 Vision, Karaismailoğlu stated that they shared the 10-year transportation and communication investment plan that will bring Turkey the place it deserves in the 'top 30 economies of the world' with the whole public, and stated that they foresee an investment of 30 billion dollars in 198 years within the scope of this plan. Karaismailoğlu underlined that they will invest another 2053 billion dollars in the maritime sector until 21,6, and that they will contribute 180 billion dollars to the national income. “Our impact on production will exceed $320 billion. Karaismailoğlu said, "Our contribution to employment for 30 years will be 5 million people" and continued his speech as follows:

“In our 2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan, we have reserved a special place for maritime lines, the basis of our Blue Homeland and the key point of integration in transportation. Accordingly: We will increase the number of port facilities from 217 to 255. We will expand the Green Port applications. We will ensure that a high rate of renewable energy resources are used in our ports. Autonomous cruises will be developed and handling efficiency will be increased with autonomous systems at ports. We will create specialized ports with strengthened logistics infrastructures. We will further expand the transit service capacity of the ports and develop the multi-modal and short-distance maritime transport infrastructure that can serve the countries of the region. With Kanal Istanbul, one of the most important transportation projects not only in our country but also in the world, we will strengthen Turkey's role in maritime transportation. When completed, in addition to ensuring the safety of life and property in and around the Bosphorus, and protecting the historical and cultural texture of the Bosphorus; It will alleviate the traffic load of the Bosphorus by reducing the waiting times at the entrance and exit of the Bosphorus.”


Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoğlu stated that with the cooperation protocol to be signed with the Turkish Sailing Federation, they aim to include practical training in amateur sailor trainings, and thanks to the Cooperation Protocol and the "Regulation on the Equipment of Private Boats and the Competences of Persons Who Will Operate Private Boats", the draft of which was completed last week, the horizons of Amateur Seafarers will be broader. He said they would move it forward. "We are also aware of how important the development of Turkish maritime is for the Turkish Century," said Karaismailoğlu, adding, "We will hold on to the oars more tightly, steer our helm towards world records and sail to safe harbors. Turkey will make its weight felt more in the maritime field in the future and will become one of the leading countries in the maritime sector by increasing its competitive power.”

Günceleme: 05/12/2022 14:40

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