Turkish Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoglu said that about 600 cruise ships with more than 550,000 passengers entered Turkish ports in the first eight months of 2022.
Karaismailoglu noted that maritime transport, which plays an important role in world trade, has developed rapidly in Türkiye over the past 20 years.
The minister stressed that Türkiye is benefiting a lot from investments in the maritime sector.
“We also see the contribution of these investments to the economy and our trade,” said Karaismailoglu.
“The number of ships that called at our ports amounted to 597, and 552,581 passengers visited our ports,” the minister said.
Karaismailoglu added that the number of vehicles transported on Ro-Ro lines with international traffic increased by 13.9 percent compared to the same period last year and reached 475,326 units.
Foreign trade shipments in the period from January to August increased by 4.2 percent compared to the same period last year and amounted to 264.6 million tons,” he said.
“The number of foreign trade containers handled in our ports in August increased by 4.7 percent compared to the same period last year,” Karaismailoglu added.