Monday, May 29, 2017


Fenerbahçe, Kadıköy - Istanbul - Turkey

Fenerbahçe Lighthouse
GPS : 40°58'03.5"N 29°01'59.5"E / 40.967634, 29.033193

GPS : 40°58'34.7"N 29°02'01.2"E / 40.976308, 29.033678

VHF Channel : 72
Call Sign : "setur kalamis marina"

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
Light : FI. G 10s 3M
GPS : 40°58'35.3"N 29°02'05.9"E / 40.976478, 29.034962
Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°58'37.2"N 29°02'10.9"E / 40.977010, 29.036370
Light : FI. R 10s 3M

Main Breakwater Lighthouse
Light : FI(2)G 10s 3M
GPS : 40°58'26.6"N 29°02'04.0"E / 40.974066, 29.034452
Inner Breakwater Lighthouse
GPS : 40°58'26.1"N 29°02'07.5"E / 40.973906, 29.035430
Light : FI(2) R 10s 3M

Kalamis & Fenerbahce Setur Marina / Kadikoy - Istanbul photo kalamis_istanbul102.jpg


Setur Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marina is located just at the point where two continents are united. Istanbul has a full agenda of activities during the whole year; innumerable fairs, plenty of culture and art festivals, hundreds of concerts of world-wide artists, opera and ballet performances, etc. Setur Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marinas is pleased to provide its quests with unforgettable activities. The International Boat Show, where Setur Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marinas is the householder, takes great attraction of the yachtsmen.

The largest of the Setur marinas locating in Kalamış and Fenerbahçe, one of the most beautiful bays of Istanbul, a city which once was the capital of three empires and unites Europe and Asia. A city full of unique historical and touristic facilities at the top of culture and art. Bosphorus, the most complex and attractive track for races and sailing in the world. A very different pleasure of sailing around the Princess Islands in the sea of Marmara. Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marina, which is the head office of Setur Marinas, provides you a quality service together with the beauties of a 3000 years old city.

Setur Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marina is located just at the point where two continents are united. The world-wide historical places to be visited are Hagia Sofia, Sultanahmet Mosque, St. Iren, Topkapı Palace, 3. Ahmet Fountain, Kariye Mosque and Yerebatan Palace. The gold jewelery, hand made Turkish carpets and handcrafts in Kapalı Çarşı and hundreds of kinds of spices in Mısır Çarşısı make you feel how charming the old trade center Istanbul is.

The tour of Galata Tower, remaining from Genovese is followed by the boat trips in Golden Horn and Bosphorus, Dolmabahçe Palace and clock tower, Bezmi Alem Valide Sultan mosque, Çırağan Palace, Yıldız park, Ortaköy Mosque, Anadolu and Rumeli Walls and Beylerbeyi Palace are the most charming Ottoman structures which are standing at the both sides of Bosphorus. Also the Kız Kulesi (tower) locating at the exit of Marmara sea is quite interesting.

The historical structures, churches, phaetons and peace in the Princess Islands; Büyükada, Heybeliada, Kınalıada, Burgaz and Sedef, respectively, give you a perfect pleasure and a breath after the crowds of the city.

The guests of Setur Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marinas can swim at the beaches of Şile and Kilyos. They also have the opportunity to make use of the beaches and thermal springs of Yalova, a town at half an hour distance by fast ferry. Belgrad Ormanları (forest) and the golf area in Kemerburgaz are very attractive in Istanbul. Every season many sailing regattas are arranged in Istanbul and its environs.

Mooring Informations and Capacity
Maximum Length Over All : 60m
Maximum Depth : 6.5m
Mooring Capacity : 1291
Land Capacity : 220

Capacity Afloat : 1069 Boats
Capacity Ashore : 220 Boats

Winds : North / Northeast
Max. Length : 70 meters
Max. Depth : 6.5 meters. There are laid moorings at berths.
Lift : Travel lift of max. 75 tons capacity

There are no critical approaches to the Setur Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marinas. Maximum depth in the Marinas is 6.5 meters, and since kedges are laid, you do not drop anchor. Services are provided by tug boat in these blue flagged Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marinas.

At Setur Kalamış and Fenerbahçe Marinas, carrying blue flag, the mooring service is given continuously for 24 hours by marina dinghy.

Pilot Service, Security Service supported by cameras, Diver, Electricity, Water, Telephone, Wireless Internet, WC - Shower, Sanitary Units, Sanitary for the disabled, Car Park, Fire Early Warning and Extinguishing, Fuel Station

Recycle Wastes (glass - paper - aliminium - others), Organic Waste, Waste Oil, Black Water, Grey Water, Cell and Battery, Contaminant Waste

Information, Meteorology Forecast, Telephone, Fax, Internet, Taxi

Lift and Launching, Pressure Wash

Winter Services, Technical Services

Food Market, Chandlery, Shops, Restaurant, Cafe - Bar, Heli Port, ATM

In addition to services provided by the marina in the boatyard to include beaching, launching, wash down, you can receive winter boat storage and maintenance services from other companies operating in the marinas.

Maintenance and repair services provided by workshops within the  marinas include paint application and care, osmosis protection and treatment, polishing, varnishing, epoxy-polyester work, manufacture and repair of sails, tarpaulin, winter boat covers, bimini canopies, sprayhoods; all kinds of main engine, generator and outboard motor repair and overhaul, wood turning, wooden deck components, furniture manufacture and repair as well as repair, assembly and maintenance of electrical equipment and appliances.

Fuel station : At marina
Security : 24 hours with security staff
Car park : Open air car park for 375 cars
Outdoor sports : Jogging and walking paths
Bar : Available at the marina
Restaurant : 4 restaurant, 1 brassiere
Laundry : From boat to boat by contracted servers
Local market : Salıpazarı tuesday and fridays the biggest local market of Istanbul
Taxi : At marina entrance
Rent a car : Avis
Medicine : Doctor available at the marina


WEB SITE : Kalamış & Fenerbahçe Setur Marinas

E-Mail :
Phone : +90 216 346 2346
Fax : +90 216 346 1656

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Istanbul - Turkey

Halic Metro Bridge / Istanbul photo metro_bridge118.jpg


The Golden Horn Metro Bridge (Turkish: Haliç Metro Köprüsü) is a cable-stayed bridge along the M2 line of the Istanbul Metro, spanning the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey. It connects the Beyoğlu and Fatih districts on the European side of Istanbul, and is located between the Galata Bridge and Atatürk Bridge, approximately 200 m (660 ft) east of the latter. It is the fourth bridge across the Golden Horn and entered service on February 15, 2014. The bridge enables a direct connection between the Hacıosman Metro Station in the Sarıyer district (at the northern end of the M2 line), with the Yenikapı transport hub in the Fatih district (at the southern end of the M2 line.)

The appearance of the bridge project in the general agenda goes back to 1952. After the approval of the metro line by the city's Monument Protection Board and the completion of the tunnels relating to the metro line, a construction bid for the metro bridge spanning the Golden Horn was published by the Metropolitan Municipality. By 2005, a total of 21 proposals were submitted to the Monument Protection Board; however, none were found to be sufficiently in harmony with the city's skyline.

A successful design, by architect Hakan Kıran, was controversial from the very beginning. In November 2009, the tower height was reduced from the initially projected 82 m (269 ft) to 65 m (213 ft) because the original height threatened the removal of Istanbul from the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. The top level of cables was changed from 63 to 55 m (207 to 180 ft), and later in July 2011, it was further lowered to 47 m (154 ft). This revised design was approved in February 2012.

The bridge's conceptual design was carried out by French engineer and bridge specialist Michel Virlogeux, who also designed the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (Third Bosphorus Bridge) currently under construction at the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul. Turkish architect Hakan Kıran was responsible for the architectural design and the construction supervision. Wiecon Consulting Engineers & Architects did the structural engineering work for the bridge.

It was built by a consortium of the Italian Astaldi SpA and the Turkish Gülermak Ağır Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt A.Ş. Construction began on January 2, 2009, and was initially planned to be completed within 600 days. The construction time was extended, and the bridge was completed on January 9, 2013. Test runs of the metro line on the bridge began the next day, and the bridge went into service on 15 February 2014. Budgeted cost of the construction was €146.7 million.

Due to the historical character of the surroundings, the project underwent revisions relating to the alignment of the metro line. The discovery of a Byzantine-era vault on the Unkapanı bank during excavation works for pier foundations forced a redesign of the project. The design of the swing bridge operator's command building had to be revised when the wall of a Byzantine-era basilica and a graveyard on the same bank came to light.

The cable-stayed bridge has an overall length of 936 m (3,071 ft) between Azapkapı (Beyoğlu) and Unkapanı (Fatih), and a span of 460 m (1,510 ft) over water. The longest span between the two towers is 180 m (590 ft). It is flanked by viaducts at both sides, which connect the bridge with the metro tunnels on the opposite banks of the Golden Horn. Nine cables are connected to each side of the two towers in harp-design starting at a height of 47 m (154 ft).

To restrain the soft bedrock, dozens of steel pipe piles with diameters of 1,800 mm (71 in) and 2,500 mm (98 in), supplied from Europe, were driven using a hydraulic hammer more than 30 m (98 ft) deep into ground. The two steel supporting towers are 65 m (213 ft) high, Each resting on a nine-pile group while for the side supports four-pile or five-pile groups are built.

The 12.6 m (41 ft) wide bridge carries two metro railway tracks in the middle and a 4.4 m (14 ft) wide sidewalk in each direction at a height of 13 m (43 ft) above sea level. The deck is a 4.45 m (14.6 ft) high box girder.

On the Unkapanı side, a 120 m (390 ft) long swing bridge, essentially a cantilever structure, is to allow passage for large ships. It has 50 m (160 ft) and 70 m (230 ft) long spans, which rest on a central pier. Controlled from a room on a platform between the bridge and the shoreline, the swing bridge turns in right angle about the vertical axis after lifting, and provides about 40 m (130 ft) wide free clearance within four to six minutes.

It is planned that the swing bridge will be open once a week between the early hours of 1:00 and 5:00 in the summer time, and twice a week during these hours in the winter months. The gray color of the bridge was determined after extensive photographic studies of the surroundings.

A metro station with 180 m (590 ft) long platform, suitable for holding an 8-car train, is situated in the middle of the bridge. The station extends across the full length of the main span, and is capped with a 90 m (300 ft) long canopy. The color of the metro station on the bridge is light brown. It is expected that the metro line over the bridge will transport around one million passengers daily.


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Büyükçekmece - Istanbul - Turkey

Sultan Suleyman Bridge / Buyukcekmece - Istanbul photo bcekmece_bridge103.jpg


This bridge is on the Büyükçekmece Lake, Kültürpark about 40 km from Istanbul, at the juncture of Büyükçekmece lake and Marmara Sea on the Istanbul-Edirne road. The bridge connects Büyükçekmece to the Mimarsinan Township.

Spanning 636 meters over the natural channel that connects the Büyükçekmece Lake with the Sea of Marmara to the south, the bridge was built beginning 1563 by Süleyman I (Kanuni Sultan Süleyman or Süleyman the Magnificent, 1520-1566) during his Szigetvar campaign. Upon his death, Selim II ordered the completion of the bridge and it was subsequently used during the return of the Army from the Expedition.

Sinan describes this bridge as one of his most favorite works. Perhaps this explains why the Büyükçekmece Bridge is the only one of his works that carries Sinan’s personal signature. Unfortunately, the original signature was stolen and has been substituted by a replica.

A stone bridge built by the Romans and restored by Mehmed II allowed passage further north prior to the construction of the current bridge by head-architect Sinan. Sinan also designed a small complex on the eastern bank of the channel for Sokullu Mehmed Paşa that consists of a fountain (çeşme), caravanserai (kervansaray) and a small mosque (mescit) known as Sokullu Mehmed Paşa Mescidi or Köprübaşı (foot of the bridge) Mosque. The bridge and the complex were completed a year into the rule of Sultan Süleyman's successor, Sultan Selim II (1566-1574).

The structure also known as the Büyükçekmece Bridge consists of four sections that individually ascend and descend carried on arches, resting on artificial islands placed in between. From east to west, the first two sections have seven arches each, followed by a five and a nine-arched section, with four-centered arches varying from 4.5 to 11.9 meters in width.

After choosing firm ground closer to the seabed to span the channel, Sinan laid hexagonal artificial islands with thick retaining walls for during low tide. Lead was poured into caissons dug into the seabed prior to filling the foundations to create a stronger foundation.

The bridge carries a two-lane cobblestone road that is protected with shallow stone barriers on either side. The first section at the eastern end has two stone balconies at its apex that project over the river carried on stone braces. The forth section, to the west, has two inscription panels facing each other on either side of the road. Composed in Arabic, the southern panel offers praise to Süleyman I and Selim II and gives the date of construction.

Mimar Sinan, who is referred to as Yusuf bin Abdullah in this panel, also has a signature to its side displaying this alternative name that is only mentioned in an early version of his monograph, Tezkiret-ül Ebniye. The northern panel is in Turkish and announces the completion of the bridge by Sultan Selim II.

A highway bridge was built to the south of the Sultan Süleyman Bridge in 1950 to accommodate intercity traffic. The historic bridge was restored in 1970 by the Turkish Highways Administration and is closed to traffic.


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