01 July Wednesday

Cabotage Day Message From Mayor: "Cabotage is the Right and Freedom of Navigation within Our Territorial Waters"

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu shared a video message to celebrate the 94th anniversary of the July 1st Cabotage Day.

The 1st July Cabotage Law of 1926, declaring sovereignty and freedom in our waters, is a right and freedom for us to operate in our territorial waters, Imamoglu said, "We must support and develop this right," he added.

Mayor Imamoğlu said in his celebratory message:

“Happy Maritime and Cabotage feast, the symbol of our independence in the sea. I also wish that maritime trade, transportation, and culture will further develop in the country. In fact, the 1st July Cabotage Law of 1926 is a right and freedom for us to operate in our territorial waters. We must support and develop this right. With these thoughts and feelings, I congratulate the Cabotage feast of all our mariners and nation.”

In the upcoming days, various sports races are expected to be held on the seas of Istanbul, which include the Black Sea on the north and the Marmara Sea on the south.

What is Cabotage Law?

Cabotage Law was adopted on April 19, 1926, by the Parliament and took effect on July 1, 1926. The law was regarded as a victory for the Turkish Independence War on the seas as it ended foreign dominance in trade across Turkish seas.

Cabotage is a word of French origin, coming from "caboter," meaning to travel by the coast. Cabotage is the transport of goods or passengers between two places in the same country by a transport operator from another country. It originally applied to shipping along coastal routes, port to port, but now applies to aviation, railways and road transport.

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