Arkas Logistics has transported more than 25 thousand tons of cargo via BTK and has added more services
Arkas Logistics, the loader of the first train to set off from Turkey on the BTK (Baku-Tblissi-Kars) line, has transported more than 25 thousand tons of cargo from Turkey to CIS. The total amount of freight transported by Arkas Logistics on BTK line has surpassed 50 tons. The company plans to increase the weekly service to a semi-weekly service in the first quarter of 2019.
Aiming to contribute to both the economy and international relations of the region, the 838-kilometre BTK (Baku-Tblissi-Kars) railroad crosses Turkey, Georgia, and Azerbaijan with 76, 259, and 503 kilometres respectively. Four train stations, three bridges, and 76 kilometre-long railroads were built as part of the Turkey leg of the project.
The transport capacity is planned to be increased to 3 million passengers and 17 million tons of freight by 2034.
Arkas Logistics transports mainly cleaning supplies, cement, insulating materials, chemical products, mineral oils, soybean meals, calcite and various food items from Mersin to Azerbaijan, Kazakhistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kirghizistan and Tajikistan via the BTK line. In 2017, the company first started a service on the line for every ten days. With the increasing volume, the service was then increased to a weekly service. In the first quarter of 2019, the company plans to increase the weekly service to a semi-weekly service. Arkas Logistics also plans to initiate the transportation of transit cargo via seaway from Mersin to CIS countries and from CIS countries to Mersin via railroad and then overseas via seaway respectively.
Arkas, having undertaken the first freight transport operation on this railroad line, referred to as the “Silk Railroad”, provided door-to-door services throughout the transport operation. The company, which also carried out the stuffing of the containers at its complex in Mersin, transported and delivered as far as to Baku and Ashkabat. The containers filled with soybean meals as well as filling material, will be transferred at the Akhalkalaki station in Georgia from Turkish railcars to Azerbaijani ones. The train arrived Azerbaijan (Baku) in four days and Turkmenistan (Ashkabat) in seven.
Two new baby products from Kristal
It is no secret how Kristal Oil cares about the health of mothers and their babies. Thanks to the polyphenol level and the rich vitamin E and Omega 3 content in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Mothers and Babies, the product won the public’s heart and became a sought-after item for mothers and their babies. And now two brand-new products were added to the Kristal product range; Kristal Olive Oil Soap for Babies and Kristal Olive Oil Powder Soap for Babies.
Olive Oil Soap for Babies (100g), Carefully prepared to protect the sensitive skin of babies, the olive oil soap gently cleans your baby’s skin and provides general care. It helps your baby calm down and relax after bathing. It is 100% natural and does not contain additives.
Olive Oil Powder Soap for Babies (500g) has also been carefully prepared to protect the sensitive skin of babies. It is the perfect choice for healthy and reliable washing of your baby’s clothes. Easily dissolved in hot water, the olive oil powder soap does not contain paraben, SLES or dye, ingredients which parents wish to avoid when buying baby products, and is not a synthetic detergent. Fit for manual washing or putting in the hamper, the olive oil powder soap for babies can be used in washing machines with a water temperature of 40-60 °C. It has a softening effect and is 100% natural.
An architectural perspective on containers
As the employees of a holding company whose work focus consists mainly of “logistics”, the image of containers that we see every day is clear and strong in our minds. Containers are one of the main storage units that have different features depending on their colour, that carry fresh food for days, and offer alternative solutions to cargo handling with their internal designs.
When we consider containers from a different perspective, aside from their functions and real purpose, this path can take us to fantastic ideas for living spaces and architectural designs. Containers, which can become a house, cafe, hotel or bridge from time to time, are in great demand thanks to their practical usage and economic benefits. What more can we do just by changing our perspective on containers, which are preferred especially in earthquake zones as they have no risk of collapsing?
Think broadly, more broadly… Container architecture is already beyond our dreams…
We can introduce this project as a city life model established in the Maboneng region of Johannesburg. Until 1994, it was forbidden for black and white people to live together in this region. In 1994 equal rights were introduced and the young people designed a city life model to create urban transformation. This design was realized by transforming 140 shipping containers into houses. In this residential area, which was built by cutting, shaping, and putting together the containers like Lego blocks, special yards and gardens were also designed as well as houses and studio apartments.
2- The Container Globe Theatre
The Container Globe Theatre which has audience galleries that are 6 metres long and that were created from nine containers 3 metres in height and the stage was created from containers 12.2 metres in length having the same height. The project was brought to life by Angus Vail, the manager of popular rock bands, and Perkins Eastman, an architectural firm. All the containers stacked on top of each other were secured with connectors used on container ships and reinforced with steel pillars.
3- The Common Ground Shopping Mall
The Common Ground Shopping Mall in the Gwangjin region of Seoul, South Korea has been made up of containers only. The 5300-square metre centre designed by the Korean company, Urbantainer, was built using 200 large containers. This shopping mall, which can be designed as desired, offers flexibility for visitors. With 70 stores and 20 restaurants, Common Ground was constructed at far less cost than other shopping malls.
4- Flying Nest
A nomadic accommodation concept, the Flying Nest which is a pilot project of the French hotel group AccorHotel was designed by the famous and award-winning designer Ora-Ito. The 12 square metre rooms have large windows with a view and special bathrooms. The most important feature of this accommodation centre, where the rooms are linked by modular terraces, is that it can be moved to different locations. It is possible to see this hotel at a ski resort or at a design biennial.
5- The ideEge Technology Development Area
The Technopark building created by taking unused containers from Izmir Harbour to a demolition area within Ege University was designed by Atolye Lab. 35 containers were used to build a 1000 m2 container structure to host local and international R&D companies in biotechnology, energy, materials, software and other relevant areas. Upon achieving the most efficient square metre usage, a common yard was built.
6- Trump Cadde
Built inside Trump Towers Shopping Mall, Trump Cadde was designed by Gokhan Avcioglu&GAD. Being built by putting container structures together using different systems, it is more than a shopping mall. It has 18 stores and restaurants within its large streets and squares. In the 1000-square metre project, visitors are attracted by the themed terraces with seating areas and large, easily opened facades that remove the boundaries between inside and outside areas and adds transparency. 5 restaurants have terraces and green areas.
Trump Cadde exhibits the nature and attractiveness of the project which is a synthesis of container themes and colourful indoor areas. Offering a well-arranged and unique urban atmosphere with its strong service structure, Trump Cadde can be defined as an innovative project which adds completely new values to the “food court” concept.