13 March Tuesday

Newly-Built Karaköy Pier arrives at Istanbul's Golden Horn…

The new floating Karaköy pier extending to 81 meters built by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) was brought to the Golden Horn from Tuzla Shipyard Monday evening.

The new floating Karaköy pier extending to 81 meters built by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) was brought to the Golden Horn from Tuzla Shipyard Monday evening.

The new pier standing at 3.5 meters high and which covers a ground of 2,236 square kilometers, which will include a cafeteria, a library, and the capacity to hold 10 ships tied at a time, was built with the help of the General Directorate of Coastal Safety.

The historic Karaköy Pier, a former ferry landing on the Golden Horn in the Beyoğlu district that first went into service in 1959 replacing an older pier on the Galata Bridge, succumbed after a storm in 2008 and sunk into the Bosphorus Strait.

The pier waited Monday evening in the open waters outside Kartal before being pulled by two tugboats to the Golden Horn Shipyard overnight.

The new pier was safely placed in its new location in the Golden Horn with the help of two trailers.

Atatürk and Galata Bridges were closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic by municipal authorities and traffic police so that the bridges could be opened from both sides to ensure safe passage for the pier, which weighs 2,000 tons.

The pier is expected to be opened for use within a month upon completion of its interior design.

It is 81 meters long, 27.6 meters wide, weighs about 2,000 tons and will allow up to 10 ships to dock simultaneously.

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