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New Ro-Ro line to serve as alternative Mideast trade route.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- "Roll-on Roll-off" (Ro-Ro) transport services from the Limak Port yskenderun of the southern province of Hatay to Middle Eastern countries began on Sunday, providing an additional alternative route to reach out to Middle Eastern markets, according to Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazycy.

Speaking in Hatay at the inauguration of the new service, Yazycy said the port will serve as an alternative to the CilvegE[micro]zE- border gate to Syria due to safety concerns regarding transportation of goods via Syria. The new transport lines will serve ports in Lebanon and Egypt and allow safe and efficient transportation of goods to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

In his speech, Minister Yazycy noted that as a result of conflict in Syria, trade operations between Turkey and Middle Eastern countries have been negatively affected. He said with the initiation of the new Ro-Ro lines, Limak yskenderun Port will reach new levels of trade and be able to take advantage of the significant trade potential in the region, as Turkey represents the center of a $1 billion trade volume between the East and West. Yazycy underlined that such major investments being made in Turkey are a result of a stable economic environment.

Meanwhile, Limak Holding CEO Nihat Euzdemir reported his company invested $150 million in the port and said the Ro-Ro operating vessels, also called Ropax ships, will operate twice a week from yskenderun. Euzdemir expressed pride in his company's being able provide solutions for the difficulties faced by Turkish exporters.

Euzdemir pointed out that over 5,000 containers have been transferred since August by Ro-Ro lines in between other ports. He said the Limak Port will contribute to the growth of this figure.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Dec 10, 2012
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