OMSAN Becomes The First Private Sector Train Operator
16.10.2017

As a First in Turkish Railway Transportation History: OMSAN becomes the first private sector train operator.

Cooperating with Turkish State Railways Inc. (TCDD), OMSAN Logistics became the first private sector train operator. Ahmet Arslan, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, attended the signing ceremony held between the two institutions. OMSAN's first train, which received the Certificate of Authority for Train Operations and Safety Management, will move from Sivas to Hatay next month.

OMSAN Logistics, one of the companies of OYAK, becomes the first private sector train operator, as a first in 161-year Turkish railway transportation history. Following the enactment of the Law on the Liberalization of Railway Transportation, OMSAN received the Certificate of Authority of Railway Operation and the Safety Management, by cooperating Turkish State Railways Inc. within this framework.  Ahmet Arslan, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, attended the signing ceremony held between two institutions.

OMSAN will hire 15 electric locomotives, 350 wagons with automatic unloading equipment from TCDD (Turkish State Railways) Transportation Co. and will employ 70 personnel. Beginning from next month, OMSAN will start carrying about 2 million tons of iron ore annually from the loading area of Erdemir Madencilik located in Sivas/Demirdağ to Isdemir Facilities in Hatay/Payas. Thereby, OMSAN will carry out 8 percent of Turkey's annual rail transport, alone.

Assoc.Prof. M. Hakan Keskin, General Manager of OMSAN Logistics, expressed their happiness on behalf of the sector, and proudness of OMSAN. He added:  "Completion of the process of liberalization of railways, as one of the most important agenda items in logistics, is a pleasing development for our sector. Railway transportation is a logistics model where the risk of failure is at the lowest rates. It has competitive cost outcomes and contributes to the intermodal transportation. Also, it is an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Considering these attributes, we will see the benefits of this development inn both the sector and the economy of the country."

About the cooperation, Süleyman Savaş Erdem, OYAK’s General Manager stated: “With the reasonable investments, we aim to protect the savings of more than 300 thousand members and to grow OYAK sustainably. I remember that, 86 years ago Mustafa Kemal Atatürk mentioned 'Railways are the ways of civilization and prosperity of the Turkish nation'. I see this investment of OMSAN as a step to set an example for the sector. I also believe that this development will pave the way for the rapid development of our railways and bring positive repercussions to the country's economy and industry.”