International Maritime Fair Kicks Off In Istanbul

ISTANBUL - "The 9th Exposhipping Europort Eurasia International Maritime Exhibition", organized by NTSR Fairs and Ahoy Rotterdam, was inaugurated in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Delivering a speech at the inaugural ceremony, Undersecretary for Maritime Affairs Ismet Yilmaz stressed that Turkish maritime sector has recently gained prestige in the world, moreover, it would continue to improve.

Yilmaz indicated that Turkey, which was ranked the 22nd in the shipbuilding sector in 2003, rose up to 14th position in the world at the moment.

Stressing that Turkey had 32 shipyards in 2002, Yilmaz said the country now possessed a total of 62 shipyards, besides, they expected this number to increase to 227 by the year 2009.

The Exposhipping Europort Eurasia International Maritime Exhibition hosts 531 international companies from 30 countries. The fair will stay open till April 29th.

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