The contruction grant of the area of which name goes back to Alexander the Great (B.C. 333) was given to Anatolia – Baghdad Railway Company in 1909. At the end of World War-I in 1918 after Baghdad Railway Company was seized by French Government, the construction grant was given to was “Iskenderun Port French Company”.
The French Company started the construction of the part which is called the inner port and used as the shelter of the barges. After the small vessel wharf which is 200 m. and called as southern wharf and the east and west poles of the small port were built in 1927, Hatay Government was established and annexed to the Motherland and transferred to the General Directorate of State Port Authorities according to the law nr. 3714.
The port which was transferred to State Railwas Authority according to Law 14.08.1942 and Nr. 4301 was expanded with a big stage in 1944 and became a modern port thanks to mechanical equipment and plants reinforced in between 1953 and 1956. The expansion of the port continued in 1964 and the upper structure of the dock was completed in 1972 and it was put into service with its all facilities.
Iskenderun Port which is operated by our organization was included to the privatization scope with the decree of the High Board of Privatization dated 30.12.2004 and Nr. 2004/128 with “the transfer of operational rights”. As a result of the tender made to operate the port, the port was transferred to Limak Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. which won the tender on 30.12.2011 for 36 years with $372.000.000 USD.
After LimakPort acquired operational rights of the port; the invesments have been started as to make the port a modern container port.
Since the service life of berths, storage areas, roads, port entrance and exit gates, warehouses and buildings were ended, all the structures were demolished, re-constructed and new machineries and equipments were procured for the vessel and terminal operations. Dredging operations were carried out as to enable vessels having 14,50-15 mt draft to berth. At the end of these investments, Iskenderun port has become one of the most important container terminal in Eastern Mediterranean.
The port continues his activities under the name of Limak İskenderun Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği A.Ş. Within the framework of related provisions of the Concession Agreement about the Transfer of Operational Rights, TCDD performs its duties and power related to the observance and auditing rights via TCDD İskenderun Control Directorate of Port Authorities.