Shipbuilding and maritime activities in Turkey - Statistics & Facts

Situated between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Turkey manages most of its trade through maritime transportation. In 2017, 62.5 percent of all foreign trade travelled through the country’s numerous sea ports. In order to uphold the importance of maritime transportation, Turkey consistently invests in its sea port infrastructure. Figures peaked at 73.2 million euros in 2012, before declining to a low of 8.4 percent in 2015. Floating dock investments specifically numbered 26 in 2017, which was more than double the amount of investments made toward dry docks in the same year.

Shipyards in Turkey employed 27,189 people in 2017 and delivered 21 ships that same year. In addition to newly built ships, shipyards were also responsible for 21 million deadweight tons of repair and maintenance output in 2017, with figures having stayed relatively stable in the past three years.

Between 2011 and 2018, exports of cruise ships and similar ships for transport of goods and passengers were worth a total 4.46 billion U.S. dollars. In 2018, annual exports of these ships valued at 502.3 million U.S. dollars. By comparison, that same year, tugs and pusher crafts worth 149.5 million U.S. dollars had been exported by Turkey.

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