This week, detailed plans were released for the proposed ‘Istanbul Canal’, an artificial waterway linking the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea and flowing 45 kms through Turkey’s largest city Istanbul.

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The plan includes three underwater tunnels for road vehicles.

Turkey’s President has now announced that construction will begin this year, with the end product linking Lake Buyukcekmece, adjoining the Sea of Marmara, with the Black Sea at the other end, just north of Durusu.

The shipping world is extremely excited about these proposals which should reduce congestion in the Istanbul Strait – currently one of the busiest waterways in the world with over 50,000 vessels passing through each year.

The long-awaited canal should also enable Turkey to respond positively to the international pressure to increase crude oil tonnage.

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