After 22 years, the first domestic container ship from the Kalkavan Family
Sedef Shipyard, owned by the Kalkavan Family, will build two container ships for Turkon Line, a subsidiary of the same group.
Thus, for the first time in 22 years, the construction of a container ship will begin at Turkish shipyards. On the other hand, global container ship orders exceed tanker and dry cargo for the first time in history.
For the first time in history, while container ship orders, tankers and dry cargoes passed, Turkish investors also got into the game. Not just a fleet investment, but 22 years later, the Turkish shipyard took action 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 emerged in the global supply chain with the pandemic also accelerated the ship investments in this field.
Shipowners, who achieved historical profitability with the freight that increased nearly 10 times during the pandemic period, also broke records with their ship orders. According to the report published recently by Clarksons Research, the leading international research company in the maritime industry, the number of container ships entered in the order book of shipyards around the world has reached 900 since the last quarter of 2020.
The total tonnage of these ships is 7 million TEU (76 million DWT). In the same period, dry cargo ship orders remained at 69 million DWT, while tanker orders remained at 35 million DWT. Turkish shipowners are also expanding their container ship flee
New orders continue to be placed for the Turkish-owned container ship fleet, which grew by 15 percent last year with the investments of players from outside the sector such as OBA Makarna. Finally, it has been learned that Turkon Line, owned by the Kalkavan Family, one of the deep-rooted investors in shipping, has ordered two container ships. The Kalkavan Family is not only expanding the fleet, but also returning to container shipbuilding. Turkon Line will have two 4,000 TEU container ships built at Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, which is also owned by the Kalkavan Family. The ship will be delivered in 2024. Thus, after 22 years, the construction of a container ship will start again in Turkey.
Since the Turkish shipyards could not compete with the Far Eastern shipyards after the global economic crisis in 2008, which hit the maritime industry, they stopped the construction of commercial vessels such as tankers, dry cargo and containers and turned to the construction of special purpose boats such as fishing vessels and tugboats. Sedef Shipyard had also built the last container ship in Turkey. The shipyard had launched a container ship order in 2008, in 2010.