Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 29 / Trend S.Isayev, A. Tagiyeva/
Turkey will use Iraq as a transit transportation country in case the violence in Syria continues, Turkey's Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said, Anadoly Agency reported.
He added that the transportation between Egypt and Turkey will be made by Ro-Ro (Roll-On Roll-Off).
RORO ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers or railroad cars that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels. This is in contrast to lo-lo (lift-on/lift-off) vessels which use a crane to load and unload cargo. RORO vessels have built-in ramps which allow the cargo to be efficiently "rolled on" and "rolled off" the vessel when in port. While smaller ferries that operate across rivers and other short distances often have built-in ramps, the term RORO is generally reserved for larger ocean-going vessels. The ramps and doors may be stern-only, or bow and stern for quick loading.
Yildirim added that this idea of Ro-Ro transportation was active even before the Syria crisis, but it has become even more important for now. "Discussions on this issue will be carried out."
The Ro-Ro transportation will go from Marsin port in Turkey to Iskenderiya port in Egypt. The transportation will be established and created by private sectors in both Turkey and Egypt.
After the Arab League approved economic sanctions against Syria, in an attempt to further isolate the Assad government over its response to the eight-month uprising which the UN says has killed at least 3,500 people and resulted in tens of thousands of others being imprisoned. President Assad's government has already been subjected to several Western sanctions, led by the US and European Union.