World Bulletin / News Desk
The number of ships passing through Bosphorus and Canakkale strait have decreased due to global economic recession and the activity of Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline in 2006.
According to the figures of Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications that 95,177 ships passed through Bosphorus and Canakkale Strait in 2011, and this figure dropped to 92,942 in 2012.
Less ships are using straits due to global economic crisis as well as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline which was opened in 2006.
In 2012, 48,329 ships used 30 kilometer-long Bosphorus (Istanbul Strait) which is one of the most important and also dangerous straits of the world connecting Black Sea and Marmara Sea, while 44,613 ships used Canakkale Strait which is 60 kilometers.
Ships carried 282.1 million tons of hazardous materials via Istanbul and Canakkale Straits in 2012.
Addressing jurists, Erdogan blames problems in the judiciary to the terror FETO group's infiltration of the system
Turkey's geopolitical position necessitates multifaceted foreign policy, says presidential spokesman
According to columnist Muhamed Jusic, Turkey's ongoing efforts for Syria offer the best choice
Indictment seeks up to four years in prison for Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of opposition Peoples' Democratic Party
Bekir Bozdag expects constitutional changes to be passed by lawmakers
Arrest warrants issued for 243 suspects allegedly linked to FETO terror network across 54 Turkish provinces
Police forces raid a house where PKK members reportedly plotting a terrorist attack
EU countries fail to relocate promised number of refugees, Greek Migration Ministry says
Turkish president used "terrorising economy" for those who intend to sabotage country's progress
Deputy Minister for EU Affairs Ali Sahin responds to Pakistani mother's plea to help find her missing son
Turkish prosecutors prepare an indictment requesting a 142-year prison sentence for the PKK-affiliated HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş
Provincial governor says Abdulgadir Masharipov confesses to New Year's Eve attack on Reina venue
Turkish Prime Minister Binalı Yıldırım confirms that the gunman who killed at least 39 New Year's Eve revellers has been captured, and says more details will be released soon
Suspects held at a police station over the attack in Diyarbakir's Sur district that claimed four police officers' lives
Abdulgadir Masharipov was captured during a police operation on a residence in Istanbul's Esenyurt district
Deputy Prime Minister Kurtulmus dismisses talk of snap elections