Filyos sea port, Turkey

At the end of 2008 a consortium of Witteveen+Bos, NIRAS, NEA, Pharos and Middle East Technical University signed the contract to execute various preparatory services for a port on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, just east of the village of Filyos.

The idea is to develop an entire new sea port as close as possible to Ankara. The beneficiary is the Turkish Ministry of Transport, the project is financed by EuropeAid.

The existing ports in the region are too limited in their possibilities to expand. Near the village of Filyos a port of 500 hectare will be constructed. It enables the cargo flows between Ankara and Black Sea region to follow the shortest possible route, via Filyos. This will contribute to a reduc-tion of the traffic in the overcrowded Bosporus straits. Furthermore, it is expected that the port will stimulate the developments in the surroundings of Filyos. Another effect could be the emergence of a north-south transport flow across Turkey, the so-called ‘land bridge’ between Filyos and the port of Mersin, situated on the Mediterranean southern coast of Turkey. In view of the combination of interests the Turkish government considers the implementation of the port of great strategic importance.

The assignment covers a variety of activities, such as:

  • field investigations
  • transport-economic study
  • master plan
  • financial-economic feasibility study
  • environmental impact assessment
  • preparation of detailed designs and tender documents
  • advice on the future institutional/operational set-up and the tendering strategy

With this assignment we confirm our leading position in the field of ports and waterways and it gives us the opportunity of a long-term presence in Turkey.