Another important experiment for the protection of the marine environment is carried out these days by PPA SA within the European Research Project SEE MARINER. The experiment identifying oil spots in the wider maritime port area in day and night conditions. For this project the Department of the Container Terminal of PPA SA, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Water intake and Electrical engineering in cooperation with HEC are collaborating. The program has been developed for detecting oil in seawater through a thermal camera and the AIS system, so that after tracing it is possible to create conditions for discovery of the pollutant. As is known PPA SA, since 2011, has been named ECOPORT by ESPO (European Sea Ports Association) through certification by Lloyd's and through daily measurements, interventions and programs, is continually improving its ecological interventions to retain its title of ECOPORT active.
The Board of PPA SA, and after further investigation of the seabed foundation (from NTU and HCMR) and the decisions of the Technical Council, approved the continuation of the project “construction of a new cruise quay in Ag. Nikolaos”, which as is known is part of the NSRF (ROP Attica) and already running. The project will be completed by the end of 2013, so along with the new International Cruise Passenger Terminal C (Agios Nikolaos) will be set to operate as of the new cruise season, which begins on April 1st, 2014. With the operation of the two new cruise ship berthing locations, the total number of cruise berths will rise to 11 in 2014, and after approval by the EU and new platforms for new generation vessels (2-3) even with a subsidy of 95%, the positions will increase by 2016 to 14 berths, making Piraeus the largest hub for cruise ships in Europe and the only large modern hub in the Mediterranean. As the President and CEO of PPA SA, Mr. George Anomeritis commented: “Cruising is the second major activity for PPA, after the Container Terminal. The increasing development of the work of the sector justifies the particular investment care of PPA towards its customers, as well as the evolution of its own investment project. The cruise industry issue, after the recent decision by PPA SA to join projects in the NSRF, is no longer concerned with the infrastructure in the port of Piraeus, but in all regional ports, and in this direction the Hellenic Ports Association (Elime) is now intensively working towards.
“I can't make love to you unless I imagine a palm tree” Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet), 1957 Since arriving in Athens in September 2015, Navine G. Khan-Dossos has heard a curious story, told and retold in different ways. It is about the removal of the palm trees from the urban landscape of Athens as a way of visually “re-orientating” the city towards Europe rather than the ‘Orient’. Imagine a Palm Tree is a performance of painting open for visitors of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art to watch and interact with. This performance will lead to the creation of a floor-to-ceiling mural on the top floor of the museum, that is scheduled to open in April 2016, and to a series of relevant events throughout the spring and summer. Navine G. Khan-Dossos (b. 1982) is a visual artist, based in Athens. One of the preoccupations of her practice is the complex relationship between Islam and the West. Khan-Dossos approach to her research is rooted in a traditionally ‘western' history of art education, whilst her painting is based on a rigorous training in the philosophy and crafts of Islamic art. Her interests include Orientalism in the digital realm, geometry as information and decoration, image calibration, and aniconism in contemporary culture. Navine Khan-Dossos studied History of Art at Cambridge University, Arabic at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London, and holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. During 2014 – 2015, she has been a participant at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.Benaki Museum, Kerameikos Building Complex
ection A The Naval Gallery. There are portraits of naval personalities and the founders of the museum, and paintings that depict naval life. This room is also used for conferences, lectures, films, seminars and temporary exhibitions. Section B Contains exhibits dating from 8000 BC to Alexander the Great. These include scale models of a number of sailing vessels, including the trireme "Olympias" ( which was made in actual size by the Greek Navy) and the merchant ship " Olkas". Room B also contains maps representing the journeys of the first Greek explorers. Section C This room has original sections of the famous Wall of Themistocles, columns of a Neosoikoi, a 19th century lighthouse, as well as copy of the statue of Poseidon (or Zeus). Section D Contains exhibits of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine era until the end of the 18th century. Among the exhibits, the visitor has the opportunity to admire the Byzantine ship "Dromon" as well as other ships of that period. The room also houses models of ships that were made of bone by French prisoners in the Napoleonian wars, models from the fleet of a great shipowner, and oil paintings with themes such as whale hunting. In the same hall a new space has been created for the exhibits that come to the museum from "Argo", the former "Christina", which used to be Onasis' yacht. Section E One of the most glorious pages of the Greek Naval History, the War of Independence of 1821, is presented in this room. The visitor has the opportunity to see oil paintings inspired by the heroic battles of 1821, and personal belongings of the leaders of the revolution. In addition, there are models of ships, flags and weapons, the boat of the famous fighter Miaoulis, as well as the impressive oil painting by Volanakis depicting the burning of Turkish ship by Papanikolis at Eressos on the island of Lesvos. Section F Contains exhibits that are related to naval history and tradition from the establishment of the Greek state in 1830 until the Balkan Wars. Among them, there is the model of the ship "Enosis" that participated in the Revolution of Crete in 1866 - 1868, the armored ship "Psara" that participated in the war actions of 1912 - 1913, the first Greek submarine "Delfin", as well as the uniforms and personal belongings of admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis, leader of the fleet in the Balkan Wars. Section G This room is dedicated to World War II. Included in the exhibits, the visitor can find a piece of the Italian torpedo that hit the Greek ship "Elli", models of that period, as well as "Adrias", a ship that was successful in reaching the port of Alexandria in December of 1943 without a bow. Sections H & I The last two rooms H and I are dedicated to the creation, history and evolution of the Merchant Navy. The Greek Merchant Fleet played an important role not only in the naval battles (from 1821 commercial ships were transformed into warships for the needs of the war), but also in the evolution of our national economy. The Hellenic Maritime Museum Akti Themistokleous Freattida 185 37 Piraeus HellasHellenic Maritime Museum