Turkey will complete its indigenous maritime traffic system project in 16 months and put it into service next year in April, a minister said on Friday.
Speaking at a signing ceremony, Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, said the project is an important step to reduce dependency on foreign countries.
Arslan stated that Turkish state-run air defense and military software company HAVELSAN and Turkish defense contractor ASELSAN are jointly working on the project.
“Cost of this project is 59 million Turkish liras ($15.2 million),” Arslan said, adding that they are planning to complete this project by Apr. 15, 2019.
After the launch of the project, the minister said, Turkey will have its own information database about vessels on Turkish seas and it can also be shared with other state institutions instantly.
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Turkey’s first driverless metro train to open on Friday
Turkey’s first automated urban metro system will be launched on Friday in the country’s largest city of Istanbul, according to the Istanbul Megacity Municipality.President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will inaugurate the first phase of Uskudar-Sancaktepe Metro line in the Asian part of the city, said the authority in a statement.The 10.5-kilometer part of the 20 kilometer-long metro line from Uskudar to Umraniye will be opened for mass transportation and the remaining part will be launched in June 2018.The full-length line consists of 16 stations and will carry 700,000 passengers per day when it is completely functional.The line will be integrated with two major intercontinental mass transportation lines — Metrobus land road and Marmaray intercontinental subway — which connect Asian and European parts of the city.
Arslan emphasized that maritime is important for economic growth as 90 percent of world trade is made by sea transport.
He said Turkey has 174 international harbors and the country showed a “remarkable” improvement in maritime safety as well.
The deal was signed by Arslan, Canikli, Turkish General of Coastal Safety Director Hizirreis Deniz and HAVELSAN General Manager Ahmet Hamdi Atalay.
Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli also attended the ceremony.