• Another legend in Izmir Bay! M/F Sait Altınordu met with the Bay

Another legend in Izmir Bay! M/F Sait Al...

Another legend in Izmir Bay! M/F Sait Altınordu met with the Bay


10th of the new passenger ships built by Özata Shipyard for Izmir Metropolitan Municipality met with the Bay. The first cruise of the ship named Sait Altınordu was conducted by a female captain.

M/F Sait Altınordu, 10th of the new passenger ships built by Özata Shipyard in Yalova for Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, met with the Bay. In the ceremony held for the ship named after the legendary captain of Altınordu, Sait Altınordu, Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu said that 5 more new passenger ships are on the line.

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality had 10th of its new passenger ships meet with the Bay. In the ceremony held for the ship named after the legendary captain of Altınordu, Sait Altınordu, Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu said that 5 more new passenger ships are on the line.

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has implemented its “Sea Transportation Development Project” in order to increase the share of sea transportation in public transit and to renew the existing fleet with new, modern, environmentally friendly ships suited for use by the disabled. For this purpose, it put into service with a ceremony the 10th of the 15 new passenger ships ordered from Özata Shipyard. Aziz Kocaoğlu, Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Murat Bakan and Atilla Sertel, Izmir Deputies of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Sema Pekdaş, Mayor of Konak Municipality, Hasan Aslan, Mayor of Çiğli Municipality, Seyit Mehmet Özkan, President of Altınordu Football Club, Nimet Ayhan Altınordu, wife of Sait Altınordu, his daughter Sibel Altınordu, his son-in-law Hasan Altınordu and his cousin Abdullah Altınordu, the aldermen, prominent members of Altınordu community and guests attended the ceremony held for the new passenger ship named after Sait Altınordu, the legendary captain of Altınordu.

5 MORE SHIPS TO COME

The Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Aziz Kocaoğlu drew attention to the fact that Sait Altınordu, the national football player who insisted on wearing Altınordu jersey for 27 years, rejected the offers he received from Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe teams in Istanbul by saying, “I want to live in Izmir. I am from Altınordu”.  Mayor Kocaoğlu stated that the names of the new ships are decided as a result of the votes of Izmir residents, and 5 new passenger ships are to be added to the fleet.

OUR GOAL IS NOT CHAMPIONSHIP

In the opening ceremony organized in front of the pier and adorned with the marches of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Band, Seyit Mehmet Özkan, President of Altınordu Football Club, made a speech. “We are trying to introduce Sait Altınordu, the most important building block of Altınordu. We are here to serve the children of these lands. Our goal will always be to raise a good generation, not to be crowned champions. Our future is our children… Our goal is to create good individuals, good citizens, good football players. We will educate our children to ensure that these lands see better days”, said Özkan.

“Sait Altınordu is one of the most beautiful human-beings raised by Izmir”, said Sema Pekdaş, Mayor of Konak Municipality. The residents of Izmir showed loyalty when selecting these names. I wish that our Altınordu team grows together with Izmir, and enriches us and Izmir.”

HE SAID “I AM FROM ALTINORDU”, AND REJECTED!

Aziz Kocaoğu started his speech by mentioning the importance of Sait Altınordu for Izmir. “Sait Altınordu, one of the most important figures of Turkish football, has become a part of Izmir’s history by rejecting the offers he received from Istanbul teams by saying, ´I want to live in Izmir. I am from Altınordu.´" said Kocaoğlu. "We have determined the name of Sait Altınordu as a result of the votes of our fellow Izmir residents. We are putting into service the 10th of 15 passenger ferries.”

IZMİR CAME IN SECOND

Mayor Kocaoğlu also gave information about the important activity to be held on the weekend in Izmir. "8,000 persons in Izmir applied for the ´Wings for Life World Run´ organized in 35 cities around the world and to be held in Izmir to support the paraplegic patients. On Sunday, we will hold a worldwide activity. We will run at 14:00 for those who cannot. Already, 8,000 of our young residents applied. With 8,000 participants, Izmir has come in second among 35 cities in the world. Our next goal in the next run is to come in first.”

CALL FOR UNITY AND SOLIDARITY

Mayor Kocaoğlu called for unity and solidarity against the terrorist incidents countrywide. “Today, as always, Turkey is going through a troublesome process arising from its geography. We need to overcome this process in unity and solidarity. We are facing the terror trouble on the one hand, and the immigration from Syria due to the civil war on the other... We can overcome these problems in unity and solidarity. I am calling you all for solidarity.”

EMOTIONAL MOMENTS

After the speeches, Altınordu President Özkan presented a bronze Sait Altınordu statue to Mayor Kocaoğlu. Following the ceremony, the ship was put into service by cutting the ribbon. During the ribbon cutting, Nimet Altınordu, wife of Sait Altınordu, burst into tears. Kocaoğlu and the guests boarded the ship and toured the bay.

FIRST FEMALE CAPTAIN

The launch ceremony of Sait Altınordu ship in the Bay also witnessed a first. Following the employment of female drivers in ESHOT municipal buses, İZDENİZ also started employing female captains. Renda Altıntaş took the steering wheel as the first female ferry captain in Sait Altınordu ferry. Aziz Kocaoğlu attended the first service of the ferry and visited Aslantaş in the wheelhouse.

THE LEGEND OF ALTINORDU

Sait Altınordu, one of biggest masters of Turkish football, continued playing until 43. He played in Altınordu team for 27 years straight, and crowned this success by coaching. He identified himself with his club to such a degree that he even took “Altınordu” as his surname. During his long football life, he turned down the transfer offers with astronomical figures from big clubs such as Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray. He lived as an Altınordu resident and passed away as an Altınordu resident.

THE LEGENDS LIVE IN THE BAY

In the previous months, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality put into service the ships named after the legendary captain of Göztepe, Gürsel Aksel, and the prominent resident of Karşıyaka, (Gode) Cengiz Kocatoros, which have been given as a result of a survey participated by Izmir residents. In this survey with over 500,000 votes, the highest number of votes was obtained by the name ‘1881-Atatürk’. Until today, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has put into service 9 ships completed and has given them the names Çakabey, 9 Eylül, 1881 Atatürk, Soma 301, Dario Moreno, Attila İlhan, Foça, Cengiz Kocatoros and Gürsel Aksel. The ferryboats delivered were given the names Hasan Tahsin and Ahmet Piriştina, which again received the highest number of votes in the survey.