Turkey has become the heart of the world and took an important step on the way of having a say in the world
Shipbuilding industry fair SMM 2008 was held in Hamburg, Germany. 27 firms from Turkey participated in fair which will last 4 days.
Turkish Shipbuilders Association, Soli, Icdas, Celik Tekne, Cicek, Dearsan, Eregli, Gemak, Kaptano?lu Desan, Sedef, Selah, Tersan, RMK, Torlak, K?ran Tuzla shipyards appeared in the SMM 2008.
Turkey's Hamburg chief consul Mehmet Dönmez, Hamburg commercial attache Cagr? Koseyener, The Nationalist Movement Party ?stanbul deputy Ali Torlak, Undersecretariat of Maritime Affairs President Yasar Duran Aytas, Turkish Shipbuilders Association Council President Kenan torlak, Istanbul Chamber of Shipping board chairman Metin Kalkavan, Turkish Shipbuilders Association assistant secretary general Mermi Nigiz and Turkey representative of Hamburg fair Fatih Goca have been incuded at the inauguration.
Noting that the next International Shipping Fair will be hold in ?stanbul in 21-23 January 2009, Goca, "Turkey has become the heart of the world and took an important step on the way of having a say in the world".
Undersecretariat of Maritime Affairs President Yasar Duran Aytas noted that 2009 SMM ?stanbul Fair is very critical in terms of promoting Turkish shipyards through the world.
After asking of a journalist about the deaths in Tuzla shipyard, Aytas "Occupational accident is possible in every sector like airways or highways. It requires attention on security. Charged inspectors must be capable. The customers must be truly selected. That is the way of providing secure working conditions" said.
While emphasizing the importance of Turkish marine on the world shipping sector Turkish Shipbuilders Association assistant secretary general Mermi Nigiz stated that there was 1,6 milliard dollar export on shipbuilding and 1 milliard dollar export on maintenance in the first 8 months of 2008. 139 vessel order exist. But because of the international increasing prices for shipping material of construction and negative progress in sector, only 5 ship orders avaliable in the first phase of 2008.