Port Operators Association of Turkey
About Us

About Us

New ports have been built by the large investments made solely by private sector which has enabled the state to save important amount of resources since 1987 when private jetties were given permission to serve 3rd parties. As a result of increasing service quality and decreasing levels of congestion at areas served by private ports, large amounts of demurrages paid to foreign ship owners as a result of shipping delays have been eliminated.

Port Operators Association (MARLİM) was founded in 1996 in order to find solutions to private sector port and jetties operators’, who have increased in numbers and capacities at an increasing level, on a common platform and to provide solidarity. When first founded, the member body, which was composed of primarily from jetties and ports from İzmit bay, has spreaded to Marmara Sea after Gemlik and Ambarli ports and bodies have joined. After reaching its target in Marmara Region on 2002, our association has changed its borders to include all Port Operators on Turkish coasts and moved its headquarters to İstanbul. This progress with the participation of Private Sector Port Operators in other areas has enabled our association’s field of activity to reach all of Turkish coasts.

The position of companies, represented by our association, in the national economy and their field of operation being expanded to Turkey has enabled us to apply for and get the approval to add Turkey in front of the association’s name and to change our short name to Türklim. Our name has changed from “Port Operators Association” to “Port Operators Association of Turkey” and our short name has changed from “MARLIM” to “TURKLIM”.

Port Operators Association of Turkey is the single association operating in its field. The fact that port operation is a multi dimensional field has forced us to work with a lot of entities in harmony. Within this structure our association, provides information exchange between member port operators who represent majority of Turkish Port Operators and relevant government offices and relevant foreign sector bodies. The association also enhances the work of the port operators within the current legislation and effectively. Our association, in which private port operators in several regions of Turkey are represented, work as a reference/accreditation body in its field. Port operations is one of the most important field in maritime sector as the essential aim of cargo and passenger transport starts from a port and ends at a port. Due to this our association serves missions such as to contribute to the improvement of port operation business which is increasing in importance within our national economy, to help our port operators form alliances that will be competitive within in Mediterranean- European-Middle Eastern ports, to become an international body, to provide coordination between all public bodies relevant to the sector and port operators and to form opinions.

An active member of FEPORT, TURKLIM follows developments related to European Union closely and informs member port operators. In order to become an organization that guides its own sector and educated and certificates its employees TURKLIM has started working on determining Port Vocational Standards in 2008 and applied to EU Grant Project titled “Strengthening Vocational Qualifications Authority (VQA) and National Qualifications System (NQS) in Turkey Project” (UYEP) which is being financed by European Union and run by The Central Finance and Contracts Unit (CFCU).  With this objective “TÜRKLİM Kariyer - Port Center :"Establishing A Model National Qualifications And Personnel Certifications Centre Project" (TÜRKLİM) has been prepared and after evaluation the Project has been approved and the Project has started on March 23rd 2011 after the signing of agreement with CFCU. Qualifications And Personnel Certifications Centre was established at nev office. The center will begin to give service after accrediation process.

Association member ports have handled 89,18% Container, 88,75% of General Cargo   movement in all of Turkey in 2013.

Fifty eight operators from several regions of Turkey are represented in the association. The number of members is thought to increase rapidly with new privatizations.

MISSION

To make an attempt to find solutions concerning the sectoral problems of the private port operators, to have the specifications of a reference-accreditation institution, to create a coordination between the sector’s associations, to support any kind of initiative which will serve to the development of the sector and to contribute for composing a supportive public opinion, encouraging the sector about the environment and ensuring the information flowing.

VISION

To be the unique, powerful and confidential association by joining all port operators in one place and to present our domestic port operators, both at national and international platforms, by being an important source of referenceabout composing the convenient politics for the development of the sector. Last Updated ( Feb 12, 2010 at 08:33 AM )  

To be the unique, powerful and confidential association by joining all port operators in one place and to present our domestic port operators, both at national and international platforms, by being an important source of referenceabout composing the convenient politics for the development of the sector.

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