Çelebi effect on the Port of Bandırma
With the changes and innovations it has introduced at the Port of Bandırma from the service concept to the equipment, Çelebi Bandırma Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. laid bare that its intent is to develop, progress and do better. Port of Bandırma is gearing up to be an active hub in the region’s economy driven by the vision of Çelebi Holding.
A participation of Çelebi Holding, Çelebi Bandırma Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. targets to transform Bandırma into an environmentally-sensitive major port that contributes to the region’s economy, offering quality service at international standards with its modern equipment pool and experienced workforce, and that has the capability to concurrently handle bulk, general, container, and liquid cargoes, and to service Ro-Ro ships.
Established on an approximate area of 270,000 sqm, the Port of Bandırma is made up of five main filled-up areas and 20 numbered docks. The deepest one of the port, dock number 7-8 has a total length of 379 meters. With depths ranging from 8 to 12 meters, the docks have a total length of 2,973 meters. The port has two breakwaters, one with a length of 1,000 meters and the other 500 meters, with two maneuvering circles with diameters of 350 and 400 meters between the two, and an anchorage with a depth of 20-30 meters outside the breakwater. Carrying out the loading and unloading of solid bulk, liquid bulk and general cargo operations, the Port of Bandırma currently handles cargoes subject to foreign trade with a total annual volume of approximately 4,000,000 tons.
The optimum port of Central Anatolia
The port handles an annual volume of 500,000 tons of internal cargoes, thus supporting coasting trade. Besides loading and unloading, the port also provides freshwater supply and solid and liquid waste collection services. In addition, the piloting and towing services, the provision of which is mandatory for arriving and departing vessels, are provided on 24/7 basis at the Port of Bandırma by two tugboats with a bollard pull of 30 tons, one pilot boat and one mooring boat, all of which are supervised by three experienced, licensed pilots. The recently established Port Control Unit regulates the marine traffic at the port and around other piers in the region. Set up to ensure service integration after the take-over of the port, the Land Transport Department offers the customers the chance to receive door-to-door service. Having a total indoor storage area measuring 9,100 sqm and outdoor storage area measuring approximately 35,000 sqm, the Port of Bandırma is targeted to offer the highest capacity in indoor storage area in the region with the new horizontal storage units and silos that are planned to be built. The Port of Bandırma is able to service areas outside its vicinity thanks to the docks’ connection with the railway. With the equipment pool and superior service quality at its disposal, Çelebi Bandırma heralds that it will be the optimum port particularly for the Central Anatolia Region.
In addition, the Port hosts Ro-Ro trips from/to Bandırma-Tekirdağ and Bandırma-Ambarlı during the day. As such, the Ro-Ro operation transports more than 200,000 vehicles every year. Having rented Dock no. 1 in the Port, İDO (İstanbul Sea Bus Inc.) is engaged in passenger and vehicle transport from/to İstanbul-Bandırma. In addition, ETİ (ETİ Mine Works General Management) conducts a major portion of its exports of boron, which presents strategic importance for Turkey, via the Port of Bandırma. The bonded area of the Port is also home to a horizontal silo with a capacity of 20,000 tons, which is operated by TMO (the Turkish Grain Board) and which has another off-Port horizontal silo with a capacity of 30,000 tons integrated therewith.
Service with new equipment
Upon taking over the port, Çelebi Bandırma Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. made its initial investments into cranes and heavy-duty machinery, doubling the handling capacity of the port. Following the completion of the first phase of equipment investments, two 100-ton Mobile Harbour Cranes (MHC) have been purchased for use in container operations. Featuring 30 m3 grabs that makes them fit for use in bulk cargo operations as well, the MHCs bring the daily loading/unloading capacity up to 20,000 tons/day.
Purchased by Çelebi Bandırma for bulk cargo operations within the frame of the first phase of equipment investments, the largest and the highest-capacity model of Sennebogen excavators, 880 EQ is started to be used in port operations. With Sennebogen 880 EQ, ships with a carrying capacity of 50,000 tons can be handled with a daily capacity of 10,000 to 15,000 tons. Having purchased Sennebogen excavators with a daily handling capacity of 5,000 tons for smaller vessels, Çelebi Bandırma also completed its investments in other equipment including loaders, mini loaders and forklifts that support crane operations and are used in storage/field operations. Following these investments by Çelebi Bandırma Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş., all equipment used before the acquisition of the port have been retired from operation.