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New Office Strengthens Noatum’s Integrated Maritime Agency Services

Noatum, an AD Ports Group company, has inaugurated its first office in Turkey. This expansion marks a significant step in bolstering Noatum Maritime’s comprehensive maritime agency services throughout the Mediterranean region. The new office, led by Noatum Maritime, aligns with AD Ports Group’s strategy for global expansion, aiming to enhance connectivity with key international markets and trade lanes linked to the UAE.

Ömür Kuyucuoglu will take the helm as Country Manager for Noatum Maritime in Turkey. The office, located in Istanbul with additional operations in Izmir, will serve as a hub for port and liner agency services, catering to ship owners, operators, charterers, and managers. By leveraging local expertise and the synergies within AD Ports Group and Noatum’s extensive ecosystem, the new office promises integrated services across all maritime operations stages.

The establishment of this office builds upon Noatum’s existing regional presence, complementing its Noatum Logistics – East Europe, Turkey & CIS office, also based in Istanbul. Terry Gidlow, CEO of Noatum Maritime, emphasized that the Turkey office will expand the company’s geographical reach, enhance client engagement, and integrate seamlessly into Noatum’s broader ecosystem. The goal is to deliver faster, cost-efficient, and integrated maritime agency services while attracting new customers in Turkey and the East Mediterranean region.

This expansion underscores Noatum Maritime’s commitment to exceptional customer service worldwide. With over 60 years of maritime sector experience, Noatum is well-equipped to handle complex port operations, transforming them into seamless experiences tailored to each client’s needs. The new office is not only a testament to Noatum’s growth strategy but also a response to the increasing demand for high-quality shipping services in Turkey.

The opening coincides with strengthening economic ties between the UAE and Turkey, further solidified by the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) signed in March 2023. This agreement, which came into force in September 2023, aims to boost bilateral trade and investment by reducing tariffs and trade barriers, establishing a free trade area, and providing enhanced market access for UAE companies and service providers.

Turkey’s shipping market is experiencing significant growth, with sea transport playing a crucial role in the nation’s trade. In 2023, Türkiye’s imports and exports via sea amounted to USD $362 billion and USD $259 billion, respectively. The market is characterized by increasing cargo volumes and fleet capacity, with cabotage transportation growing by 48% between 2012 and 2022. This presents unique opportunities for Noatum Maritime to tap into the burgeoning demand for superior shipping services in the region.

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