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Mersin International Port hits container milestone amid expansion projects

On 27 March, Mersin International Port (MIP), Turkey's major container terminal, celebrated a significant milestone by surpassing 25 million TEUs handled since its inception in 2007.

The commemoration took place at the East Med Hub 1 Terminal in Mersin and was attended by partners, customers, government officials, and industry associations.

Furthermore, initially formed in 2007 as a partnership between PSA International and Akfen, with IFM Investors joining as a third shareholder in 2017, MIP has experienced steady growth, averaging a 14.4% increase in container volumes annually since its establishment. In 2023 alone, MIP managed approximately 2 million TEUs.

To meet the evolving demands of its clientele, MIP is investing in the future of its container business with the US$455 million East Med Hub 2 (EMH2) expansion project. Construction on the second phase of EMH2 began in November 2023, with completion expected in the first quarter of 2025.

Also, this expansion will extend the quay by 380 meters to a total length of 880 meters, with a draft of 17.5 meters, enabling simultaneous berthing of two Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) exceeding 400 meters in length and increasing the port's capacity from 2.6 to 3.6 million TEUs.

Additionally, the project involves the acquisition of eight new automated rail-mounted gantry cranes (aRMGs) and four additional ship-to-shore cranes. Moreover, through ongoing investments in electrically powered equipment and renewable energy sources, MIP aims to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

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