Ekol Has Established Turkey’s 63rd Sea Border Gate, the Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal
A source of inspiration through innovation for the industry, Ekol has commissioned the Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal. After two-years of legal process and construction work, the Terminal now serves the Turkish economy. It had an initial investment of €40 million. Beginning with an export trip, the Terminal accepted its first vehicles on Tuesday, October 3rd and the first Ro-Ro trip commenced on Wednesday, October 4. Alternative Transport’s Ro-Ro vessel, QEZBAN, has already set out for Trieste/Italy. The official Opening Ceremony of Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal will take place in the days ahead.
Constructed in Yalova Topçular with an 80,000 square-meter floor area and 500 trailer capacity, Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal has a dock with 2 ramps, X-Ray, a customs office, a laboratory, agency offices, social facilities for drivers, a short-term storage area of 16,000 square meters and an ADR warehouse. Carcinogenic materials will be tested in the laboratories at Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal, paving the way for exporting textile and leather products, shoes, stationary and toys. The department that will analyze the food items for import and export will be operational by the end of the year. As of November, vehicles destined for export will use the gasoline station without paying Special Consumption Tax.
Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal keeping more than 100,000 trailers out of Istanbul traffic will put an end to high vehicle density in Haydarpaşa and also provide traffic relief in the Harem-Üsküdar direction on the Anatolian Side. The Terminal will also end operational inefficiencies caused by time wasted in urban traffic. Until now, Ekol has carried out its foreign operations from Haydarpaşa Port. From now on, it will continue from Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal.
On the opening of the most modern terminal in Turkey and in Europe, Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal, Ekol’s Chairman Ahmet Musul said:
This investment was made in the most logistically relevant region of Turkey and will support the efforts of all our exporters, especially the automotive industry. Our investments have contributed to the development of both our company and the industry as a whole; this will soon help us produce much better solutions based on quality and profit. As a leader and role model company well in front of its competitors both in Turkey and in our region, we will move ahead at full speed.
Yalova Ro-Ro Terminal will improve efficiency by helping producers and carriers save both time and money. The new terminal will also contribute significantly to environmental protection. With a reduction on road transportation time, we will save 1.5 million liters of diesel and 4 million kilometers of road travel, while reducing our carbon dioxide emission by 3.7 million kilograms and our hazardous waste by 12,000 kilograms.