The failed military coup d’état earlier this summer by Turkish Arms Forces against the current government should have no effect on the creation of the Bosporus by-pass canal. Officially known as the Kanal Istanbul, the by-pass will create passage on the European side from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The intended purpose is to divert vessels from the Istanbul Strait, thus reducing traffic there and decreasing risks to tankers. The completed canal (estimated 2023) will be approximately 30 miles long, 80 feet deep and 500 feet wide.
(World Maritime News)