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Impact of COVID-19 on transit waiting times

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    23 March 2020

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    Canakkale Straits, Turkey



The latest Turkish Government decision bans people of 65 years-old from public areas. As a result, some of the older pilots (over 60) in the Turkish Straits are out of service.

On 20, 21 and 23 March, two-way traffic was observed in the Canakkale Strait, contrary to the VTS application of the last 6 months. The latest application was mainly one-way (convoy) traffic that was succeeded by adding an average of two daylight-restricted vessels per day. 

The waiting period for Canakkale northbound was less than one day during the first week of March. It rose to just under two days in mid-March and today (23 March) reached three days.

GAC Turkey anticipates that the Canakkale waiting period may increase to up to a week period due to COVID-19 and its consequences.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com