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Omsan railISTANBUL: October 23, 2017. Omsan Logistics has become the first private sector train operator in the 161-year history of Turkish Railways.

From November this year the company will begin moving two million tons of iron ore annually from Turkey's largest iron producer Erdemir Maden to the Isdemir steel producer in Hatay/Payas on the Mediterranean coast.

Omsan has signed a contract with Turkish State Railways to lease 15 electric locomotives and 350 wagons with automatic unloading equipment for the contract.

By the end of 2018 the company will be responsible for eight percent of Turkey's annual rail movements.

Omsan Logistics general manager and associate professor Hakan Keskin said the liberalization of Turkey's railways was a good development: "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 in both the sector and the economy of the country."

Established in 1978 as a subsidiary of pension company Oyak, Omsan employs 2,200 people; operates a road network of 438 trucks; rail equipment including 240 rail swapbodies, 82 wagons and 180 containers; one 30.000 DWT bulk carrier and the first Turkish-flagged cement carrier of 4.500 DWT; one helicopter; and a logistics fulfillment area of 1.1 million square meters.

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