• The ferries to operate in İzmir Bay will be named after unforgettable football players.

The ferries to operate in İzmir Bay will...

The ferries to operate in İzmir Bay will be named after unforgettable football players.

7th of the 15 new ferries ordered by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality to Özata Shipyard started operating. The rest of the ferries will be named after the unforgettable football players from İzmir.
 
7th of the 15 new passenger ferries which were named by people of İzmir has been completed and put into service. The 8th and the 9th ferries will bear the names of unforgettable football players of Göztepe and Karşıyaka. The name Cengiz Kocatoros, a legend from Karşıyaka, was given on September 5, which is his birthday. The name of Gürsel Aksel ferry will also be given on January 1, which is again, his birthday. Sait Altınordu, Vahap Özaltay and Metin Oktay will be given to the next ferries.
 
While the new passenger ships added to the fleet of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality are strengthening the ties of the people of İzmir with the sea, the memory is also refreshing with the given names. The name of 16 ferries were determined by people of İzmir as a result of a survey conducted by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality and “1881 Atatürk” ranked first with more than 500,000 votes. The legendary names of the long-rooted football clubs of İzmir had also ranked high in the survey. Taking 7 of the ferries built up to now into service, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality called them Çakabey, 9 Eylül, 1881 Atatürk, Soma 301, Dario Moreno, Attila İlhan and Foça (Çakabey and 9 Eylül had been delivered before).
 
CENGİZ KOCATOROS AND GÜRSEL AKSEL
Now the ferries that will carry the names of Cengiz Kocatoros and Gürsel Aksel, the two legends of football clubs of İzmir are in the fleet. It was decided to register the names of these two ferries on the birthdays of the football players. In line with this decision, the ferry to be added to the fleet in October will be named after Cengiz Kocatoros, unforgettable football player of the green-red club, known as “Gode Cengiz”. The name of Kocatoros was written at the shipyard on the hull of the ferry on September 5, on his birthday.
 
Name of Gürsel Aksel, who wore the uniform of Göztepe Sports Club for 17 years and was the captain of the team for 11 years, will be given to the 9th ferry on January 1, his birthday, again. The next ferry is planned to be named after Sait Altınordu who is identified with Altınordu football club. Then, the ferries that will carry the names of Vahap Özaltay and Metin Oktay will be in İzmir Bay.