No one would deny that Turkish shipbuilders were hard hit by the economic crisis that struck in 2008 but, equally, there is no doubt that the owners of the country’s yards have sought to introduce innovative ways of rebuilding their business.

Today many facilities in the Tuzla region outside Istanbul are either working at much reduced capacity or have turned their attention from building ships to shiprepair.

The Association of Turkish Shipbuilders (Gisbir) records a drop in employment from 33,480 in 2007 to 17,000 last year — a slight uptick from the 16,000 it registered in 2012.