Aysel YÜCEL / TRAVEL DIARY

For the first time in history, as orders for container ships, tankers and dry cargoes came in, Turkish investors also got in on the action. Not just an investment in the fleet, but 12 years later, the Turkish shipyard has taken steps to build a container ship again. Sedef Shipyard, owned by the Kalkavan family, will build two container ships for Turkon Lines, a subsidiary of the same group.

The container crisis that has emerged in the global supply chain with the pandemic has also accelerated vessel investment in this area. Shipowners, who achieved historic profitability with freight that increased nearly 10 times during the pandemic period, also broke records with their ship orders. According to the recently released report by Clarksons Research, the leading international maritime industry research firm, the number of container ships entering the order book of shipyards worldwide has reached 900 since the last quarter of 2020. total of these ships is 7 million TEU (76 million DWT). During the same period, dry cargo orders remained at 69m DWT, while tanker orders remained at 35m DWT. Turkish shipowners are also expanding their fleet of container ships.

New orders continue to be placed for the Turkish-owned containership fleet, which grew by 15% last year thanks to investments from players outside the sector such as OBA Makarna. Finally, it was learned that Turkon Line, owned by the Kalkavan family, one of the most entrenched investors in shipping, has ordered two container ships. The Kalkavan family not only expands its fleet, but also returns to building container ships. Turkon Line will build two 4,000 TEU container ships at the Sedef shipyard in Tuzla, which is also owned by the Kalkavan family. The ship will be delivered in 2024. Thus, 12 years later, the construction of a container ship will resume in Turkey.

Since Turkish shipyards could not compete with shipyards in the Far East after the global economic crisis of 2008, which hit the maritime industry, they stopped the construction of commercial ships such as tankers, dry cargoes and containers and turned to the construction of special purpose boats. such as fishing vessels and tugboats. The Sedef shipyard had also built the last container ship in Turkey. The shipyard launched its order for container ships in 2008 and 2010.

Oil tanker orders at 25-year low

Global orders for container ships are breaking records, while tankers and bulk carriers are experiencing a historic decline. Tankers and bulk carriers account for 75% of global fleet capacity, but new build offers are limited. The global tanker order book has fallen to its lowest level in 25 years, according to a report by Clarksons Research. At a record level of just 5% of fleet capacity. Dry freighters are at their lowest level for 18 years. It is expected that the capacity of operational bulk carriers and tankers will increase by less than 1% in 2023 and that the total fleet will increase by 1.7% based on DWT.

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