Herrenknecht delivers special tunnel boring machine for the new Bosporus crossing
Istanbul, Turkey / Schwanau, Germany, August 14th, 2013. To get from the European to the Asian side of Istanbul, people and goods have to cross the Bosporus Straits. So far, two road bridges as well as ferries provide the only transport link between the two parts of the city and the two continents. The tense traffic situation for the nearly 14 million residents of the city and for international transit traffic should be improved considerably thanks to the construction of a new road tunnel under the Bosporus.
In the Herrenknecht factory in Schwanau the Mixshield was named YILDIRIM BAYEZİD. This is the name of a sultan, who drove the expansion of the Ottoman Empire successfully forward at the end of the 14th Century. After its dismantling, transport and assembly at the jobsite, the Herrenknecht Mixshield will start its tunnelling work in Istanbul at the end of 2013. Following the opening of the tunnel, the new quick link between Europe and Asia will initially be operated for 26 years by the Joint Venture "Avrasya Tüneli İşletme İnşaat ve Yatırım A.Ş. (ATAŞ)" and subsequently handed over to the government of Istanbul.