A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey, Monday morning local time, 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, Gaziantep province, at a depth of 24.1 kilometres (14.9 miles). Nurdagi is located along the Turkey-Syria border, and the quake was felt in several countries across the region, including Syria and Lebanon.
The earthquake has sadly resulted in many deaths and damage to infrastructure; however, we are pleased to report that we are in constant contact with all our staff, who are all safe, as well as their families.
There have already been aftershocks measuring between 6/7 in magnitude, which is also very serious.
Local ports status:
Iskenderun port: All terminals have stopped operations, and damage controls continue internally. No current prospect of when operations will resume. The roads have also been damaged. There has been an ongoing fire at Limak Terminal for four days in the container storage area, even though firefighting teams are working to extinguish it.
Ceyhan Botas Terminal: Partially resumed operations. The first vessel berthed at Botas (Iraq crude line) for loading on the 07th of Feb, but the BTC line is still not active due to damage controls.
Dortyol Botas Terminal: Dortyol LNG terminal is not yet active, but crude operations have resumed.
Yumurtalik Toros Terminal: The port has decided to move vessels to the anchorage after the earthquake and is not currently operating.
Our Mersin office is working as usual. The Iskenderun office is not yet active. We are supporting via our Mersin office.
Adana Airport: Operating as usual.
Hatay Airport: There is some damage to the runway of Hatay airport. Therefore, operations have stopped, but the repairs are ongoing to activate the airport.
Gaziantep Airport: Operations have stopped for the moment for civilian flights.
Kahramanmaras Airport: Operations have stopped for the moment for civilian flights.