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M. SÜHA AKTAÅž

Chairman of the Board, Gemport

BE IN BURSA

Bursa is a very important zone, which is growing very rapidly compared to other parts of Turkey. Industry in Bursa is very active, and considering the growth of the country as a whole, it is very attractive for investors.

CONTAINERS

Container activity brings in the highest revenue. In general, container volumes are double or triple the amount of cars we handle. Container logistics tends to be much more expensive, running at higher rates. As a result, container handling is our primary business.

TRAFFIC TERMS

Over the last five years, the percentage of the world using containers has grown 2.4 times. However, in Turkey this segment saw almost double that growth, with activity increasing 4.5 fold. This means that Turkey is growing much more rapidly than the world average in container traffic terms.

ÖNDER SEZGİ

Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO, İDO

BETTER & BRILLIANT

TASS won the tender for İDO at a live auction, which was very exciting. The hand-over of the company was completed in June 2011, and since then, we have been working very hard, hoping to make the company a better and more brilliant one.

DOUBLE FIGURES

We want to be known as an international brand in the near future. This requires some significant figures in turnover, annual growth, and revenues. Hence, we aim to secure a company growth rate that is equal to double the country’s general growth annually.

TO THE SEA

There are many opportunities in every sector in Turkey. The transportation sector, railway projects, and infrastructure work promise a real potential, but we believe that marine transportation is the future. Turkey has invested heavily in air transportation and highways in the last few decades, but now railway and marine transportation projects will take the stage.

SEAN R. PIERCE

CEO, SEAN R. PIERCE

OPTIMIZED

We have purchased high-quality Mitsui cranes and support equipment in the terminal and have developed highly trained staff. Yılport has cutting-edge technology for the port business in Turkey, such as optical character recognition (OCR) for containers and advanced systems for managing the business.

GATEWAYS

The ports in Turkey are very dynamic in the sense that the cargo mix is diverse, and the Marmara region has the advantage of being the gateway to the Black Sea. The large facilities are predominantly gateway terminals that have fairly balanced import-export cargo volumes.

ENVIABLE LOCATION

For Yılport, we are projecting a 15% increase in container volumes for 2012. The economy may account for approximately 5% to 6% for the region, but we are located in the most industrialized area of Turkey and in close proximity to the largest consumer market.

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