New railway connecting DP World port to Silk Road opens
A railway line connecting the DP World port in Turkey’s Kocaeli's Körfez district to the Caspian Sea and then to China via the Kars-Tbilisi-Baku Railway opened yesterday.
DP World Yarımca port, which has been operating since 2015 in the Gulf of Izmit within the boundaries of Kocaeli's Körfez district, has been connected to the railway network, thus ensuring uninterrupted transport to China.
The railway connection, whose construction started in January and was completed in a short period of six months, entered into service with a ceremony that saw the participation of DP World Yarımca CEO Kris Adams.
In his opening speech he said the new line would further support Turkey’s position as a significant player in the global network.
Adams stated that they made a vital investment in Turkey's logistics field with this project, according to the Daily Sabah.
"With an additional $50 million in the next six months, we will make a total investment of $600 million in DP World Yarımca, which was established with a cost of more than $550 million," Adams said.
DP World connected the giant Yarımca port to the main railway line via a 1-kilometer railway that it built with its own means.
"This service is also a first in our country in terms of our private sector. This modern port has the opportunity to serve every part of the country with a railway connection," he added.