August 2014, Members of the MINI-CHIP consortium Master Levent and Master Baran from ARKAS, Mr. Ahmet Bilici from Promatech and Dr. Afshin Mansouri from Brunel University visited Marport Terminal Operators S.A. in Istanbul, Turkey to learn about Marport’s operation procedures and to exchange vital knowledge on maritime shipping operations.
Marport Terminal Operators S.A. is located in Istanbul’s Ambarlı Port Complex and was established in response to Turkey’s vital need for investment in and operation of container terminals in order to accommodate the increasing volume of exports and imports. With a draft of 16.5 meters, 5 piers and 9 super Post Panamax STS (Ship to Shore) Cranes, Marport is a terminal in Turkey that can offer simultaneous berthing and facility for vessels up to 18 containers wide. It is capable of handling container vessels that are 366 meters long and carry 14,000+ TEU which are the largest vessels that dock in Turkey. Infrastructure investments totaling 250 million USD beginning in 2001 have made Marport a high volume container handler in the region. Marport is maintaining leader position as container terminal with market share according to 34% Marmara Region and 22% Turkey. For more information about Marport click here.
The visit proved to be mutually beneficial, the MINI-CHIP consortium obtained a better knowledge and understanding of real-time maritime shipping operations and through an extensive interview was able to define crucial parameters to be implemented in the development of the MINI-CHIP model. The team of Marport Terminal Operators S.A. was content to welcome the MINI-CHIP consortium and to learn about the academic background, possibilities and developments regarding green shipping achieved by applied metaheuristics helping to solve growing environmental problems caused by maritime shipping. Both sides agreed on keeping each other informed and to continue the chain of knowledge exchange throughout the duration of the MINI-CHIP project.