TCDD is planning to start ferry service between Bandirma and Tekirdag to shorten the railway distance from West and South of Turkey to Europe.
Thus, a ferry ramp is under construction in Bandirma Celebi Port, which has already railway connection. Until now, piling of 172 piles has been completed in the port. Further steps are pouring concrete over them, construction of ramp and track laying. Ferry ramp is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.
After the ramp, there may be a tender for the ferry service between Bandirma and Tekirdag.
Tender for construction of ferry ramp at Bandirma Port was opened in August 2012. Contract was signed in October 2012. Project worths 5.4mn TL (€ 2mn). Due date was June 2013, but was postponed to June 2014.
By ferry service between Bandirma and Tekirdag, railway transport to Europe from Bandirma, Balikesir, Manisa, Izmir, Aydin, Denizli, Kutahya, Afyon, Isparta, Konya, Karaman, Mersin, Adana, Iskenderun, Gaziantep and neighbour cities will be shorter and cheaper.
Translation : Onur Uysal