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Strintzis Introduces New Routes

Within the new liberalized framework of Greek coastal shipping, Strintzis Lines (Blue Star Ferries), expands its routes. As of this month, the Greek ferry line is at the forefront with three brand new ships on the Cycladic Islands' routes, the Blue Star 1 in the Dodecanese on the...

First Sports Tourism Company Up and Running

Sportius Hospitality, the first Greek company to specialize in sports tourism, said during a recent presentation that it aims to be the biggest organization here to provide accommodation during next year's Olympics. Company executives said they would have 5,500 rooms and...

Greek-Turkish Tourism Agreement Signed

Turkish Tourism Minister Guldal Aksit arrived in Athens last month to sign a tourism cooperation agreement with Greek Development Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos. The agreement includes efforts to promote a common tourism product to markets such as North America, China and Russia.

Blue Star Ferries Increases Profit By 75%

Stintzis Lines, owner of Blue Star Ferries, announced last month that the ferry line posted a consolidated 9-month profit before taxes that was 75.3% higher when compared with the same first nine-month-period of the year before and reached 3.4 million euros.

Piraeus And Thessaloniki Get Lion’s Share Of Port Infrastructure Funds

Greece's major seaports are scheduled to undergo a series of large construction projects designed to upgrade their infrastructure and increase their cargo handling capacity.

National Control Center For Greek Seas

Construction of the first phase of a new system that will modernize the way ships sail Greek seas gets underway this month. Called Vessel Traffic Management and Information System, the control center will track vessels sailing Greek waters from four main harbor points - Piraeus,...

More Coastal Shipping Mergers And Alliances

Talk around the Piraeus harbor area these days centers on a plethora of meetings being held in a general effort to form new coastal shipping alliances and merges, such as the rumored alliance between Attica Enterprises (Superfast Ferries) and Minoan Lines. Then there's the merger...

Full Speed Ahead For New Tourism Products

A theme park inspired by ancient Greek mythology opens in the Anavyssos area, south of Athens, in 2004 and by when all phases are fully completed, in 2006, the park is expected to attract up to 1.2 million visitors per year.

Greek Marinas Go Private

Three of the Greek capital’s most popular marinas are about to go private.  Last month, just two days after it handed over the operation and upgrading of five state-owned beaches in the Attica basin to the private sector, Hellenic Tourism Properties (ETA), announced plans...

Unique New Cruise Program Out Of Piraeus

As of May 4 next year, Piraeus hosts a new cruise program by Classic International Cruises. The Lisbon-based company, Arcolia Shipping, will run seven-day cruises from here with stops at Ismir, Istanbul, Samothraki, Thessaloniki, Volos, Meteora, Santorini and Mykonos.

Five Ferry Lines Cooperate To Cut Costs

Greek coastal shipping companies look to copy some of the international airline moves to cut costs. Five Greek coastal shipping companies have decided to pool their forces to achieve economies of scale to prepare for the deregulation of the domestic passenger shipping market in 2004.

Minoan To Place Seven New Vessels In Greek Waters

In less than two years, Crete-based Minoan Lines plans to accept delivery of at least seven new fast-ferry vessels. A number of these vessels are slated for routes to European ports, while others will replace older vessels on basic Greek routes.

Tall Sailing Ship Runs Greek Island Cruises

As of this summer, the Star Flyer, a tall sailing cruise ship, runs a cruise from Piraeus every Saturday to the islands of Mykonos, Chios, Kusadasi, Patmos, Sifnos and Kea. Its alternate program includes the islands of Hydra, Santorini, Rodos, Bodrum and Paros.

Festival And P&O Call Off Merger Talks

The proposed merger between Festival Cruises and Norway's P&O fell through last month. Both companies said the low prices of cruise companies on international stock markets did not warrant any merger moves at the present time. They did not, however, exclude a merger sometime in...

Strintzis Proudly Presents Blue Star Ithaki And Blue Star 1

Besides celebrating the arrival of new vessels, Strinztis Lines, now know as Blue Star Ferries, has received government approval to place its Blue Island and Blue Galaxy vessels in the Patras- Heraklion route as of July 2. The vessels depart from Patras every Sunday at 20:00 and...

Nel’s New Vessel Cuts Sailing Time by Two Thirds

Nel Lines now sails a rocket-fast vessel that cuts sailing times to Chios and Mytilini from Piraeus by two-thirds. The new Aeolos Express shoots across the Aegean at speeds up to 66 kilometers per hour. It can carry 1,000 passengers and 210 vehicles. The Aeolos can reach Chios...

New Ferry Line On Local Dodecanese Routes

Dodecanese Maritime, a new provincial company, launched a newly-built catamaran named the Dodecanese Express last month at Greece's main port, Piraeus. The vessel then made its way to Rodos, where it will be based. The vessel, which is 40.5 meters long and 11.46 meters wide, will...

Coastal Shippers Order 50 New Vessels

Within the next two years, the Greek coastal shipping sector will accept delivery of some 50 new ferry vessels. With these new fast ships, the time it will take to sail from Piraeus and Rafina to the Greek islands, and Italy, will be substantially reduced.

Louis Group Raises Greek Flag

One of the many aims of the Louis Group of Cyprus is to fly the Greek flag on its cruise vessels. "It's a shame Greek ships do not fly Greek flags," said the Louis Group's chairman, Costas Loizou, at a recent Athens press conference, "as this is in Greece's interest and in the...

Dane Sea Lines Strengthens Its Position With New Vessels

Dane Sea Lines, which has managed to pull itself out of deep financial troubles with the help of strategic investor Anek Lines, has been granted provisional permits to service the Piraeus-Dodecanese group of routes.