DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY
HopaPort is located at the eastern border of Eastern Black Sea, and 15 kilometers from Sarp Border Crossing which constitutes the border between CIS and Republic of Georgia.
Project design was completed in 1962 for the first time; the construction of the Port commenced in 1963, and the completed sections was brought into service in 1972. Operated under the title HopaPort Authority, affiliated with Denizcilik Bankası T.A.O. (Maritime Bank), Trabzon Port Authority Directorate at first, and with partial ongoing distribution works, HopaPort was transformed to independent Authority Directorate within the body of Türkiye Denizcilik İşletmeleri A.Ş. General Directorate (Turkey Maritime Organization) in August 1986.
Continuing its operations under Türkiye Denizcilik İşletmeleri A.Ş. Hopa Port Authority Directorate, HopaPort was privatized on the date of June 17, 1997 pursuant to the resolution of Prime Ministry Privatization Administration High Board of Privatization published in the Official Gazette dated May 9, 1997 and numbered 22984 regarding the privatization by method of transferring the operating rights for a period of 30 years, and transferred to Park Denizcilik Ve Hopa Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş. by Türkiye Denizcilik İşletmeleri A.Ş. effective by the date of June 27, 1997
Operating the HopaPort, privatized in 1997, HopaPort continues to contribute to the country’s economy with loading, unloading, terminal, storage, pilotage, rescue and liquid filling facility operations. With its geographical location, HopaPort is considered as the gate of Eastern Black Sea to the world .
HopaPort increased the indoor depot space being 2000 m2 as of the date of privatization to 18.220 m2, and the outdoor depot space being 54.000 m2 to 102,462 m2, and made new investments with high capacity forklifts, cranes, weighbridges, service vehicles, and machinery. These investments increasingly continue each passing day according to requirements. Moreover, with additional investments made to the Fuel Oil Terminal, the distribution capability has reached 38.000 cubic meter storage capacity.
By simplifying the arrival of cotton, shipped from Central Asia to the world, to HopaPort; Park Denizcilik, with its investments, continues to provide opportunities for transportation to both domestic market and other countries specified by the buyer companies. With ongoing investment in this field, HopaPort contributes to Eastern Black Sea substantially in economical aspects, and considered as the gate of the region to the world.
HopaPort is not only Turkey’s, but also Black Sea’s and Central Asia’s one of the most important ports with the advantages of its geographical location, capacity, broad hinterland, as well as easy access to inland and abroad.