Five years ago, details of canal Istanbul, which described as "crazy project" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, began to become clear. For the project, an agreement was signed between Turkey and Central American country’s Panama. Accordingly, the team that runs the Panama Canal expansion project will support the Channel Istanbul project.
Upon completion of the canal, the Istanbul Strait will be closed to tanker passes. When the canal is completed, the length will be 43 meters and the depth will be 25 meters. In the past days, the Russian military ship in Istanbul and the collision of the cargo ship turned attention to the Kanal Istanbul project again.
What is Channel Istanbul
Channel Istanbul is a waterway project planned to be built in Istanbul. In 2011, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "crazy project" was reflected in the media. But the name, content and location of the project have been kept secret for a long time.
With this project, An additional strait approximately 150m wideness is opened to the existing Istanbul Bosphorus (Istanbul Bosphorus 500m-600m) and it is aimed to shift the alternative new route of the risky tanker traffic. The canal, which will reveal a new transportation route extending from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, will have a depth of 25 meters and will have bridges to enable land transportation. Within the scope of the project, private settlement areas will be established on both sides of the canal and a modern Mini-Istanbul portrait will be created with planned structuring.