Following the collision of Maersk Launcesto containership with the Hellenic Navy minesweeper Kallisto off Piraeus, its captain has been temporarily released from custody in Greece, as local authorities continue their investigation.
Port of Piraeus
In the last four years, the Piraeus Port Authority S.A. has been investing in the ship repair infrastructure in order to develop the Greek industry’s competitiveness in Perama ship repair zone.
Following the coronavirus outbreak and the major disruption that has brought withing the cruise industry, TUI Cruises became the first company to restart Greek Island voyages since the lockdown began.
Port of Piraeus recently awarded a project to the optimization expert INFORM, in order to enhance the efficiency and transparency of vehicle handling at the port’s car facility.
The turnover of Piraeus Port Authority S.A (PPA S.A.) in 2018 amounted to 132.9 million euros (149 million U.S. dollars) compared to 111.5 million euros in 2017, an increase of 19.2%.
Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) launched its financial results for 2019 marking the port’s most successful year in terms of profitability. The Port which is owned by COSCO Shipping handled 5.65 million TEU across the three piers of the container terminal, achieving a new record.
The passenger ferry “Eleftherios Venizelos” has been at the centre of attention after 119 outbreaks of COVID-19 had been reported onboard the vessel amongst its 380 passengers. The crew members who were negative for the COVID-19 test will be repatriated after being gradually transferred to hotels in Athens for the next 36 hours. However, passengers who are positive for COVID – 19 will remain in isolation on board for 14 days.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel bans that has brought, Greece informed that the shipping trade at the Port of Piraeus is still not impacted, as it remains operational. According to Xinhua, Greek port authorities haven’t put any restrictions to the import or export of cargo at the moment.
As the 2020 sulphur cap entered into force, the shipping industry saw the introduction of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oils (VLSFOs), which has been increasing since October 2019. However, VPS notes that a rise has been observed in fuel instability leading to sediment formation from these fuels.
Port of Piraeus, Greece will be from now on ferry connected to Limassol, Cyprus. According to the Shipping Deputy Minister of Cyprus, Natasa Pilides, efforts are underway in order the ferry trip to be launched and available by this summer. For the records, the return ferry ticket is estimated to cost around €130 per person, including the port fees.
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