Bulgaria and Turkey plan new ro-ro line between Burgas and Karasu

2021/06/18 at 8:59 AM

The governments of Bulgaria and Turkey are discussing the possibility to launch a new ferry line between the ports of Burgas and Karasu. It is expected that around 1,000 semi-trailers will be carried weekly via the ro-ro service.

After the successful start of the ferry lines to Chornomorsk and Constanta, the Turkish port will soon get a new service, towards the Bulgarian port of Burgas. The idea to launch a new ro-ro connection between Burgas and Karasu is at the discussion stage. Bulgaria’s government approved a report of the country’s Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications. Moreover, the creation of a working group to study the possibilities for establishing a ro-ro line between Bulgaria and Turkey was also approved. The working group must prepare a draft position for the organisation of a direct international ro-ro line between the ports of Bourgas and Karasu.

Estimated capacity

According to the preliminary studies of the Turkish side, the expected freight volume amounts up to 960 semi-trailers weekly or almost 50,000 units annually. This means that a ferry should sail between the termini six times a week. As the Karasu Port is located close to several motorways, the planned connection will be interested for the customers focused on road and multimodal logistics. It is worth noting that the maximum capacity of the Turkish port is 110,000 semi-trailers annually.

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