The Port of Mersin lies on the north end of the Mersin Bay off the Mediterranean Sea. The General Directorate of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) is the port authority. The Port of Mersin is the main port serving eastern Mediterranean agriculture and industry. It has easy access to the nation's rail and highway networks, modern port infrastructure, ample cargo-handling equipment, vast areas for storage, and connection to the adjacent free trade zone. The Port of Mersin handles general cargo, dry and liquid bulk, containers, and roll-on/roll-off cargoes.
The Port of Mersin is protected by two breakwaters of 2800 and 1525 meters. Inside the breakwaters, the depth is from 14 to 14.5 meters. Vessels less than 15 thousand GRT can enter and leave the port at any time, but vessels more than 15 thousand GRT and vessels carrying dangerous goods can only berth and unberth in the daytime. Pilotage is required for all vessels entering and leaving the port, and pilot services are available 24 hours a day. Three anchorage positions are available, with separate areas for general cargo vessels, dangerous cargo vessels, and vessels requiring quarantine.
The Port of Mersin contains 26 berths a total of 3673 meters long serving containers, general cargo, dry bulk, roll-on/roll-off cargoes, live animals, containers, petroleum products, passengers, local trade, and the free zone. The Port of Mersin can accommodate 30 vessels simultaneously. The Port of Mersin handles an annual average of 14 million tons of cargo.
The Port of Mersin's container terminal covers 251.4 thousand square meters, and the container yard has capacity for ten thousand TEUs. The terminal also includes two container freight stations of 9- and 1.3-thousand square meters and another facility with reefer outlets for refrigerated containers. The Port of Mersin container berths (No. 7-8, 9-10, and 12-13) are a total of 750 meters long. Berths 7-8 are 40 meters long with alongside depth of 14 meters. Berths 9-10 are 400 meters long with alongside depth of 11.12 meters, and Berths 12-13 are 310 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters. Berths 9-10 have dockside rail connections.
At the Port of Mersin's T.M.O. Pier, Berths 14 and 15 handle dry bulk cargos and total 550 meters in length. Each berth is 275 meters long. Berth 14 has a depth of 10 meters, and Berth 15 has a depth of 15 meters. These berths are fitted with two conveyor lines connected to the silo with capacity of 100 thousand tons of bulk wheat. The conveyors have a loading rate of 20 thousand metric tons per day and a discharging rate of 10 thousand metric tons per day.
Berths 22-26, serving the Free Zone in the Port of Mersin, are a total of 635 meters long. Berth 22 is 65 meters long with alongside depth of 4 meters. Berths 23-25 total 300 meters in length with alongside depth of 14 meters. Berths 25-26, oil terminals with dolphins, total 270 meters long with alongside depth of 9.2 meters.
The General Cargo Berths in the Port of Mersin are a total of 1268 meters long with depths from 4.6 to 12 meters. Berths 4-6 all have a depth of 9.3 meters. Berth 4 is 156 meters long, and Berths 5-6 are a total 300 meters long. Berths 21-21 are a total 253 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters. Berth 16 is 69 meters long with alongside depth of 9 meters. Berths 17-19 are a total 490 meters long and have alongside depths from 4 to 6 meters, and they have dockside rail connections.
The Port of Mersin's Passenger Quay is 155 meters long with alongside depth of 9.15 meters. Berths 2-3, handling local trade, are a total 275 meters long with alongside depth of 9.15 meters, and they have dockside rail connections. Berth 11, at 40 meters long with alongside depth of 11 meters, handles roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and it also has dockside rail connections. The Port of Mersin also contains a rail ferry terminal with a 253 meter quay with alongside depth of 12 meters.