Turkish shipyards competing with the superyacht world arena
Turkey has a great pride and legacy of classic motor sailers and traditional yachts regional building and preservation. Evolution was inevidable: The last decades it has been distinguished shipyards to build superyachts in several sizes including mega yachts. A progressive nation, managed to succeed design, aesthetics, innovations and last but not least engineering success, competitive to the European reputable brands.
Moreover in shipping, the Turkish shipyards have surprised us with strategic movements, like the alliance of five shipyards to consist a consortium (TAIS) in order to develop innovative products such is the first indigenous ship engine, a production engine plant, for military vessels. When you take a better look in projects you will feel in deja-vu that this is the cradle of the future explorer yachts to be built soon in the near future beyond the military vessels.
Industry sources say Turkish shipyards have become “70 percent self-sufficient” in production compared to only 20 percent a decade ago. At the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference in Qatar last year, Turkish producers won contracts worth $800 million, of which $500 million went to Turkish shipyards. As Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides and borders Black Sea, Mediterranean, Aegean and the Sea of Marmara, the growth of world trade, high freight rates, renewal of merchant fleets in accordance with international rules and the China factor (number one in world trade), all these facts had been effective in the development of the shipbuilding industry.
Shipbuilding is a 600-year old tradition in Anatolia. The first shipyard was established in 1390, during the Ottoman reign in Gelibolu. In 1455, the foundation of the İstanbul Haliç Shipyard, whose stone pools have survived to date, was laid by Fatih Sultan Mehmet. By the 16th century, Turkish shipyards were already the largest in the world. Following the foundation of the Republic, shipyards were given special importance. They were mostly located around the Bosporus and Haliç (the Golden Horn), but after 1969 they were moved to Aydınlı Bay, Tuzla.
Nowadays, historical areas hosting shipyards at the Golden Horn, a natural port for merchant vessels and warships, are connecting to the future through an ambitious project to be accomplished by 2024, transforming strategically the area, a summer leisure area with waterfront residences and pavilions lined up as the extension of the Bosporus.
Traditional shipbuilding skills combined with modern techniques and education enabled the Turkish shipbuilding industry to develop into an internationally known trademark since the early 1990’s. Through chartering the beautiful gullets and cruising the magnificent Turkish coast, the marine and tourism industry applauded the welcoming and warm attitude of Turkish people, the great services in a land of development and great infrastructure like the mesmerizing marinas with exquisite facilities and lifestyle.
Turkey is a growing force within the international maritime sector. The Turkish shipbuilding industry has modern, technologically developed and quality certified shipyards, together with a well-experienced work force. The industry has rapidly achieved significant development in a short period of time. In last five years Turkey has improved its shipbuilding industry rapidly and becoming the fifth largest shipbuilding country in the world.
A high expectation of development in the shipbuilding industry brings parallel investments. The number of shipyards increased to 77 (3 military and 74 private). In Turkey’s shipyards brand new ships, yachts, mega-yachts and sailing boats are being manufactured. In addition to these, repair and maintenance services are provided. Turquoise Yachts had presented over 20 superyachts, firstly known as Proteksan Turquoise and the recent years in the group of Dr. Barwani who is enjoying a successful entry into the superyacht industry.
Brands like Turquoise Yachts, Alia Yachts and Bilgin are now well established players in Superyacht Industry, by introducing amazing models annually in Monaco Yacht Show, admired whilst cruising the Mediterranean Sea.
Superyachting sector development helped also the domestic production of materials and equipment which are used in shipbuilding, to eliminate problems of ordering and importing in procurement phases. However, in yachting this is still going on, ordering and importing spares in Euro, a factor considered by owners or by int’l yachting houses who try to keep yachts at West Med.
In any case, the ship and yacht building industry in Turkey has created an employment opportunity for over 20,000 people directly and over 60,000 people in total with related industries, through production of all kind of vessels and crafts, multi and special purpose ships, military vessels, servicing tankers, tugboats, mega yachts and other types of sailing and motor boats.
Ships and Superyachts produced in Turkey are manufactured in accordance with int’l standards (ISO 9000 and AQAP Quality Certificates) and under the supervision of specific societies. Ship building, repairs, mega yachts & production yachts Floating docks, piers, engineering sections, recycling & dismantling sections, all services are offered in the Turkish Coast from Istanbul to Antalya. Annually in a scale of 20 to 30 brand superyachts / megayachts privilege from great services, yacht repairs, annual maintenance or refits in Turkey, in truly competitive costs.
Ada Shipyard, Agantur, Akdeniz Shipyard, Alia Yachts, Argem, Art Shipyard, Astas & Seltas, Atlas, Avsar Ship Recycling, Besiktas, Best Yachts, Bilgin, Ceksan, Celiktrans Shipbuilding, Cemre, Cindemir, Dearsan, Dentas, Desan, Dogruyol, Dream, Dunya Yachts, Duzgit, Engin Dortler, Gemak Shipyards, Gisan, Hat-San, Hidronamik Shipbuilding, Istanbul, Inebolu, Kuzey Star, Leyal-Demtas Recycling & Dismantlement, Nesa, Oge Ship dismantling, Ozata, RMK Marine, Sedef Ship Building, Sefine, Selah, Simsekler, SNR, SOK Ship Recyling, Tersan, Torlak, Turquoise, Tuzla, Ustaoglu, Hicri Ercili, West Istanbul Marina, and more are named, as of the Association of Shipyards in Turkey.
Sources: Ministry of Economy of Republic of Turkey, Turkish Statistical Institute, TAIS https://www.taisshipyards.com/en, Turkish Shipbuilders Association www.gisbir.org.tr
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