The Greek Ministry of Merchant Marine has agreed to authorize the launch of an inner-city ferry service between Thessaloniki and key points of its coastal area as a pilot scheme, the Greek media said recently.
The decision was announced following a meeting held between Merchant Marine Minister Militadis Varvitsiotis and Vice Governor of Thessaloniki Yiorgos Tsamaslis.
The pilot scheme, expected to begin this April, provides for the launch of three ferries of which two will operate a route connecting Thessaloniki’s main port with the port of Neoi Epivates (Thermaikos). The third ferry is planned to operate a route for the connection of Thessaloniki with Kalamaria. Each ship will have a 100 to 200 passenger capacity per trip.
The goal of the plan is to link the city of Thessaloniki with its eastern side through a quick and low-cost ferry service for passengers. The plan is also expected to reinforce the tourism profile of the city.
A permanent inner-city ferry service in Thessaloniki is expected to operate in around two years, as studies involving the necessary onshore infrastructure are still pending.