An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck south-eastern Turkey, resulting in the tragic loss of thousands of lives. The images of the port of Iskenderun in flames have shocked the world. Emergency services have been working at the site for several days. The port city of Mersin, 200 km to the west, is playing a key role in dealing with the tragedy, receiving maritime traffic destined for Iskenderun and acting as a hub for accommodating refugees. International aid efforts are being organised, with the maritime sector playing its part. The federation of maritime operators TÜRKLIM has sent equipment to help victims or put out fires. Maersk has donated 1,000 containers transformed into makeshift dormitories. CMA CGM is sending humanitarian supplies by cargo plane. AIVP members, like Dürres (Albania) or Trieste (Italy), serve as logistics hubs for international aid. The AIVP team is at the disposal of the Turkish authorities to plan the reconstruction of the port city of Iskenderun.
15 February 2023
updated on 15 February 2023