Tenders for the construction of a new marina in Tuzla, Istanbul’s shipyard area on the Marmados coast, are to be held later this month.

The Tuzla area is located on the Asian side of Istanbul, far from the city centre, and is one of the largest areas for superyacht building in Turkey. The marina is due for completion in 2013.

Tuzla Marina will be in the shape of a ‘sea bream’ fish, with an 834-berth capacity. It will include cafes, restaurants, a sports centre, car park with 1,500 spaces and a helipad.

At the moment there are four marinas in Istanbul – three on the European side (Atak