Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu attended the assembly meeting of Istanbul and Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean, Black Sea Regions (İMEAK) Chamber of Shipping (DTO) held at Piri Reis University and made a speech here.
Cabotage, a state that transfers mean that freight and passenger transportation right between the ports Karaismailoğlu reminded that April 20, 1926 Date of Turkey's Grand National Assembly adopted a key law with Turkey does not belong to the Turkish ship coastal freight and passengers prevented making transport.
Celebrating the 1 July Maritime and Cabotage Day, which is the anniversary of the promotion of Turkish maritime business with its fleet, shipbuilding industry and port operations with the state strategy, Karaismailoğlu gave the following information:
“Approximately 90 percent of foreign commercial transportation is carried out by sea in our country. The sector's share in GNP is 18,4 percent with $ 2,5 billion. These figures show that; The stability achieved in our economy has also manifested itself in the maritime sector and significant strides have been achieved in many areas of maritime.
Recently, there has been a considerable increase in all aspects of our shipping. I want to share some of these with you. While the amount of cargo handled in our ports was 2003 million tons in 190, it was 2019 million tons in 484. In the same period, the number of container handling increased by more than 11,5 times, reaching 4,5 million.
Freight transport on the cabotage line reached 56 million tons, while passenger transport exceeded 150 million passengers. Again, in the cabotage, 13,5 million vehicles were transported. The share of the sea route in the total foreign trade of our country in terms of monetary value increased by 2003 percent in 57, while it increased to $ 2019 billion in 222,1.
133 thousand 721 active seamen ready to serve in world ships
Ministers Karaismailoğlu, which allows the government to increase the weight of the maritime sector in the economy expressed that they will continue to take every step for Turkey, said it was an important resource for training seamen in the world.
international standards in providing training and accredited by the ministry 103 educational institutions and the world ready to serve on ships at sea 133 thousand 721 active ships explaining that the man Karaismailoğlu in Turkey, the future of the maritime industry, education said they gave great value. Karaismailoğlu continued as follows:
“In this context, I would like to announce that the 'Seafarer Nation, Seafarer Country Competition', organized by the İMEAK Chamber of Commerce with the aim of improving the R&D and innovation culture, and contributing to high value added production and export targets with new marine technologies, will continue in the coming years. The fact that 2 ideas and projects applied to the competition, which started on January 27 and continued until March 53, is an indicator of the interest in the maritime industry.
Following the preliminary evaluation processes, 6 projects were invited to the final presentation on 29 June. Today, we will present and award the projects that rank in the top 3 rankings. ”
“We provided 8 billion TL SCT support to our maritime”
Karaismailoğlu Fair, Turkey's tourism revenues of around $ 22 billion the amount of $ 4 billion by stating that derived from marine tourism, "our industry in order to strengthen its contribution to the economy will continue to maintain our support." said.
Karaismailoğlu said: “When we look at the steps we have taken to support our maritime; One of these is the end of the special consumption tax (SCT) collected on fuel used by our cargo and passenger ships, commercial yachts, service and fishing vessels operating on the cabotage line 16 years ago. I would like to emphasize that we have provided 8 billion lira SCT support to our maritime since then.
In addition, VAT has been reduced to 18 percent with the latest incentive arrangement for the passage of yachts with Turkish ownership but foreign flags not exceeding 1 gross tons to the Turkish flag. Even all kinds of taxes, duties, duties, customs duties and inheritance taxes, including SCT, have all been reset. As a result of the arrangements, 7 thousand 112 boats have drawn Turkish flags to date. With this vision, I would like you to know that we are dealing with all kinds of issues that may be a problem for the maritime industry immediately.
When we look at the development of our shipyards; It is seen that the number of shipyards, which was 2002 in 37, has increased to 83 as of today, and our annual production capacity has increased from 550 thousand tons to 4,53 million tons.
The most important thing is that while these figures are increasing, there has been a great increase in our locality rates. Turkey is the third-world luxury yacht. "
“We believe that the digitalized maritime industry will be faster and more efficient”
Ministers Karaismailoğlu, said the sector can provide new employment and continuing its development in the coming period, Turkey's shipbreaking industry in 2019 at 1,1 million gross tonnage volume in the worldwide 8,3 per share first in Europe so in the world, said that the third order.
Karaismailoğlu stated that they aim to gradually move to e-government in all services, including the acceptance of document applications and the collection of document fees, "We believe that the digitized maritime industry will be faster and more efficient." said.
The whole world is under the domain of the epidemic affecting Turkey as well, on a global scale would bring momentum to the implementation of the roadmap for the digital collaboration Karaismailoğlu describing Fair, he said:
“Various precautions have been taken due to the continuing transport by sea during the epidemic we are living in. In this context, the duration of the certificates of the seafarer and ship and shipping companies and the interval of the ship inspections were extended.
It is our common wish that we take the place we deserve in world maritime by making the best use of this rich potential in our seas. Let's not forget the sea and maritime will be given to the importance and extent of the Republic of Turkey will grow stronger.
We have a geography surrounded by sea on three sides and where the world looks with envy. In this respect, the seas and you, the sailors, are a different value for us. With this approach, as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey to the maritime sea routes in the area and cuddling with four hands. "
“Our Turkish owned trade fleet has reached 29,3 million DWT today”
In his speech, İMEAK Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tamer Kıran said that they will continue to work intensively with all stakeholders to take Turkish maritime further.
Stating that more than 18 laws, regulations, circulars, communiqués and similar legal arrangements have been tried to be solved in all areas of maritime in the past 300 years, Kıran thanked the government for its support in this regard.
Kıran used the following expressions: “In terms of the growth of our Turkish-owned naval trade fleet, the development and strengthening of our shipbuilding industry, some breakthroughs have been made, some of which may be considered revolutionary.
If we give just one example; Our Turkish owned trade fleet of 2003 gross tons and above, which was 8,9 million DWT at the beginning of 1000, has reached 29,3 million DWT today. I would like to once again express my endless thanks to everyone who contributed to this growth and empowerment, especially our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. ”
Kiran, Kovid-19 outbreak of the signed agreement with the exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean and Libyan developments in Turkey, said he remembered the obligation to be there in the sea.
Kıran, "Maritime should be a state policy and every opportunity should be mobilized to increase its power." he spoke.
Meanwhile, Minister Karaismailoğlu presented the awards to the winners of the "Seaman Nation, Seafarer Country" idea and project competition organized by the Chamber of Shipping.