ISTANBUL - Turkey will begin construction in June on a canal along Istanbul that should become an alternative to shipping in the Bosphorus. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this this weekend. The project is worth $15 billion.
The 45-kilometer-long canal will be located west of Istanbul and will connect the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. The new waterway should relieve busy shipping in the Bosphorus and reduce the risk of accidents. About 50,000 ships pass through the strait that separates the European and Asian parts of Istanbul every year and is quite narrow at certain points. For example, many Russian oil tankers sail in the Bosphorus.
In April, ten retired Turkish admirals were arrested for criticizing the canal along with nearly 100 other former naval officers. Well, then you know in what kind of country you are living. A few months ago he called in style the Dutch Nazis and Fascists. He is a real nice guy.
No mention yet about tolls but that is yet to come…