Belde port area is situated on the northeastern coast of the Marmara Sea, approximately 45 km east of Istanbul-Turkey. Belde port site is near to the industrial area around the Gebze in the district of Dilovasi, which is a town of Izmit. The Marmara Sea is almost completely enclosed, opening only to the Black Sea through the Bosphoriis and to the Agean Sea through the Dardanelles. The Belde port overall of the site is approximately 53 hectares (ha) including land reclaimed from the sea. There are a number of existing relatively small jetties along the coastline adjacent to Belde. All of these jetties are unprotected and berthing for relatively small vessels.
Belde container and Ro-Ro terminal, which is called Belde port, will have a western container terminal to be developed in four stages with an unobstructed linear berthing wall approximately 1000 m long and 16 m deep which will be constructed with concrete caissons. Belde port site is near to the industrial zone around the Gebze in the district of Dilovasi. The Belde port overall of the site is approximately 53 ha including land reclaimed from the sea. The main railway line runs from Istanbul to Ankara through the port site and good advantages to the port for the better access to the site.
The possibility of providing an interchange for the port with Istanbul-Ankara state highway road is just north of the site. There are also plans to build anew road link across the gulf of Izmit and a corridor has been reserved for the new road up to the site boundary. New road would be extremely beneficial to the Belde port.
Port area that is hilly is dominated by a valley along the centre of the port site.
The Marmara Sea is almost completely enclosed, opening only to the Black Sea through the Bosphorus and to the Agean Sea through the Dardanelles, both of them are narrow straits. The approach of the port from the sea is clear of obstruction.
Belde Port Operations and Warehousing S.A
When this project is completed it will have an annual capacity of 754,000 TEU and the advantage of a rail connection, offering importers and exporters inexpensive internodal transportation possibilities.