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Hellenic Ports Association Announces New Chairman

The Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) on Monday announced a new Board of Directors during its annual general meeting at the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP).

Greek Ports Join Forces to Coordinate Cruise Policies

The heads of the Greek ports of Piraeus, Santorini and Mykonos have agreed to work together and coordinate their cruise policies for 2016.

Piraeus Cultural Coast One Step Closer to Completion

The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) announced on Monday the final results of the open architectural competition it launched on March 27, 2014 for its Cultural Coast project.

Piraeus Port Receives “EcoPort” Environmental Certification

The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) was once again honored with the "EcoPort" label, certified by Lloyd’s Register and awarded by the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO).

Piraeus Port Remains Top Passenger Port In Europe

Passenger traffic in the port of Piraeus fell to 17,669,774 passengers in 2013, from 17,978,728 in 2012, although passenger traffic in the sea cruise sector jumped 11.10 percent to 2,296,457 departure-arrivals from 2,066,925 in 2012.

Piraeus Port Expects Increased Cruise Arrivals This Year

Cruise traffic in Piraeus this year is expected to rise by 12 percent and passenger traffic to reach nearly 2.31 million, according to the Piraeus Port Authority.
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Forum: Developing A Seaplane Network To Service The Greek Islands

The Region of South Aegean will hold a forum on Syros on Tuesday, 30 July, that will focus on the advantages of developing a seaplane network to connect the Greek islands. The forum entitled "Greek Islands: An ideal location for the development of seaplanes" will aim to provide...
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Piraeus Port Welcomes New Cruise Passenger Terminal

The second international cruise passenger terminal was inaugurated at Piraeus Port on 27 May. The terminal is at Gate E12 and can serve up to 25,000 passengers per day.
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Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum Unveils Program, Speakers

The developmental prospects of the cruising and yachting sectors in the wider East Mediterranean and Black Sea regions in relation to the changing geopolitical and economic landscape of the sub-region's source and destination markets will be tabled at the 2nd Posidonia Sea...

Cruise Update: Cabotage Lifted In Greece, But More To Be Done

State protectionism is a stumbling block that discourages the potential growth of Greece’s sea tourism, according to heads of international cruise sector bodies, senior officials from Greece’s port authorities and cruising industry who attended the Cruise Update Seminar held on...

Greek Cruise Arrivals Increase In Q1

Greek cruise seemed to be on the up during January-March 2011 as cruise ship arrivals in Piraeus Port increased by 5.1 percent and passenger arrivals increased by 58.1 percent, compared to 2010 figures, according to Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) Chairman and CEO Yiorgos Anomeritis.

New Greek Cruise Ship Fees Unfair, GEPOET

If the increase of port charges are passed on to the consumer, cruise passengers would most likely cancel their bookings and prefer other locations because the Greek product will have become too expensive, according to the General Pan-Hellenic Federation of Tourism Enterprises...

Piraeus Headed Towards Major Revamp

The Cultural Coast of Piraeus project aims to highlight the comparative advantages of Piraeus so the city can once again become a reference point rather than simply a point of transit as it is considered today, according to the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

Revamp Planned For Piraeus Port

The Piraeus Port Authority will proceed to a full upgrade of its services in 2011 in order for international cruise companies to respond in 2012 to the lifting of the cabotage restrictions for non-European Union-flag cruise ships, the port’s president and CEO, Yiorgos Anomeritis,...

Tourism Sector Disappointed With Cabotage Draft Law

“The draft law (on the lifting of cabotage) has terms that are jointly acceptable by all agencies that deal with the cruise issue so that Greece will become a sea cruise center for the entire Mediterranean,” Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said after...

Agencies Wrap Up Consultations On Cabotage Abolition

“Predictions show that over the next two years cruises to the Mediterranean will be the world's first choice, outshining the half century dominance of cruises to the Caribbean.” This was just one of the conclusions of the report in regards to the lifting of cabotage restrictions...

Greece’s First Tourism Submarine Explores Santorini Depths

Greece's first tourism submarine service was inaugurated last month by Merchant Marine Minister George Anomeritis at the Peace and Friendship Stadium's wharf area. The Atlantis Santorini I, which dives to a depth of 25-30 meters, will explore the undersea area of Santorini's...

New Coastal Shipping Routes

Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis last month presented a new draft bill for coastal shipping. It includes a schedule of shipping routes that cover the whole country and one that is binding for passenger shipping firms.