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Operational impact of earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Turkish earthquake-hit Iskenderun port halts operations

An earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on the morning of Monday 6 February 2023. Such was the magnitude of the earthquake that there has been significant damage to logistics and transport infrastructure around the Pazarcik, Kahramanmaras, epicentre, including at the Port of Iskenderun.

The port has unfortunately been subject to severe structural damage, leading to a complete stop of all operations until further notice. Roads have also been heavily affected, and at this time vendors are not moving any trucks in and around the area. It is not yet clear when the Port of Iskenderun will see a return to normal operations.

Several other ports were also hit hard by a devastating earthquake that measured 7.8 magnitudes on the Richter scale, with at least one port suspended operations after docks collapsed, according to Turkish Maritime Authority and media reports.

It added that the operations in other Turkish ports are continuing, except in Iskenderun.


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