The countdown to the Istanbul Canal project begins

The Turkish authorities confirm that the Istanbul Canal will be a new breath for the region and that its completion will be integrated with other development projects in Istanbul.

The countdown to the Istanbul Canal project begins
2021-04-09 Last update 2021-04-27

The countdown to the Istanbul Canal project begins

The Turkish government plans to have the Istanbul Channel project launched and made significant progress by 2023 with the centenary of the Turkish Republic.

The need for a new waterway

The Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara in the Turkish city of Istanbul, is described as one of the world's most important water crossings and has historically been a point of conflict between the world's major nations.

With the development of global trade and greater reliance on shipping, a new waterway is needed to reduce the burden on the Bosphorus Strait, which will benefit Turkey and the world!

In this context and as a result of the security and environmental risks of increasing the burden of ships passing through the Strait, the Turkish Government has begun its preparations for the construction of an aqueduct in the European part of Istanbul.

The importance of the Canal for Turkey

In this context, the Turkish Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Adil Karaismailoglu, made a statement a few days ago to the Anadolu Agency in which he referred to further preparations for the tender for the Istanbul Aqueduct, stressing the importance of the canal for Turkey.

The Istanbul canal represents Turkey's vision, and it is one of the biggest projects around the world! He pointed that his country had recently approved the plans for the development of the canal, noting that the project's architectural preparations had been completed.

The Turkish Minister explained: Preparations are continuing to table the canal tender, confirming the Turkish authorities' intention to start it "very soon," without revealing further details.

According to previous government estimates, the project is expected to cost approximately $25 billion, and the canal will be constructed on the European side of the city starting from Lake Buyukcekmece on the Sea of Marmara south reaching the Black Sea north.

Istanbul Canal Project

The appointment in the summer

In the meantime, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking on Wednesday, 7th of April, reported that his Government was about to make the necessary preparations for the Istanbul canal project. The canal would be a new breath for the region, and it was planned to lay the foundation for the project this summer.

Erdogan said: "The project was approved by the Environment Report and included a study carried out by 56 institutions. More than 200 scientists participated in the studies, and the study ended with the participation of citizens and fieldwork."

New waterway

Detailed information on the canal

According to Turkish President Erdogan, the length of the Istanbul canal is 45 km, 21 m deep, 275 m wide, and at the narrowest base 360 m wide.

Mr. Erdogan said: "A new city of 500,000 people will be built on both sides of the Canal. The project will accelerate earthquake risk preparedness and will be integrated with other Istanbul development projects from the new airport, the third bridge, new roads and metro lines”.

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The Bosphorus holds more than its capacity!

In the same context, President Erdogan continued: "In 1930, 3,000 ships passed through the Bosphorus Strait, but the figure is currently over 40,000!

He explained that the Panama Canal has more than 13,000 ships per year and the Suez Canal has approximately 17,000 ships per year”.

He added, "The capacity of the Bosphorus Strait for safe travel is only 25,000 ships per year, which means that the Bosphorus bears a greater burden”.

According to data from the Turkish Ministry of Infrastructure, in 2019 there were 41,112 ships transiting the Bosphorus, 30% of which are considered dangerous, and the tonnage of the ships is considered significant, increasing the weight of the cargo passing through the Strait in recent years.

The narrowest width of the Bosphorus is 700 meters, and there is an estimated 2,000 daily traffic between the banks of the Strait in local transport, as well as surface and dry water currents that raise the risk of collision.

The Istanbul Canal is earthquake resistant

Accurate scientific procedures

According to the Ministry of Infrastructure data, the Istanbul Canal study was worked on by 7 Turkish universities, which are among the best in the country, with the participation of 200 academics, and the studies included 33 different scientific branches.

Measurements of 97 points for environmental protection, 17,000 meters of excavation at 304 different points, including 8 points for groundwater and 17 hydrological points, were carried out through 56 institutions for the preparation of the environmental report. Tests were carried out in Turkish and French laboratories.

Highlights of the benefits of the canal

It should be noted that according to previous Government data, the protection of the environment is an important and anticipated benefit of the Istanbul Canal since it will reduce the pollution caused by the passage of a large number of ships in the Bosphorus Strait into Istanbul.

The Istanbul Canal will also be earthquake-resistant to the earthquakes that threaten the city, provide numerous urban transformation projects, generate important financial sources and create new jobs.

The Turkish Government is also seeking to transform the area of the Bosphorus Strait into a tourist site, after the relaxation of shipping from the Strait, as it is considered to be the focus of the world's attention because of the beauty of its nature and its historical monuments.


Edited by Imtilak Real Estate©

Reference: Anadolu Agency

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