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Minister promotes late-night ferries to Princes' Islands

HDN | 5/19/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Turkey’s Transport Ministry is working on increasing transportation between Istanbul and the Princes’ Islands with the addition of more night ferries.

Turkey’s Transport Ministry is working on increasing transportation between Istanbul and the Princes’ Islands with the addition of more night ferries, its minister said Tuesday.

The planned system may prevent accidents, such as the one that took place last weekend in the Marmara Sea, said Binali Yıldırım, speaking at a ceremony for the introduction of a new boat for the Princes’ Islands.

He said the search is continuing for four friends who missed the last ferry for Kınalıada, one of the islands, and decided to take a small boat that sank early Sunday morning roughly 300 meters away from the island.

Yıldırım said such a newer ferry system was already in use in the northwestern province of Çanakkale.

The ferries will continue their rounds until the late hours of the day, he said. “With the recent painful sea accident, it is clear that we need to make this kind of a system for the Princes’ Islands as well.”

Yıldırım also said that after the ministry allowed the usage of fuel without a special consumption tax, or ÖTV, sea transportation increased 70 percent. “Today, 9 million cars have been transferred to sea traffic from land traffic.”

Yıldırım attended the introduction of a new ferry titled the “Enka Han,” which will operate between Istanbul and the Princes’ Islands. He said the new ferry was being built completely in Turkish shipyards.

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