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.
The Neohellenic Architecture Archives mark their 20 year anniversary by putting together an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of drawing instruments. This is an attempt to introduce to the wider audience and familiarise it with the architect’s microcosm. The exhibition presents instruments which have been aiding –and still do today- the production of drawings in an architectural office. The majority of the material on display comes from the N.A.A. collections, but is complemented with material from private collections of architect friends. One of the oldest and most significant exhibits is the wooden travelling case belonging to Lysandros Kaftantzoglou, the great Greek architect of the 19th century, presented to the museum as gift on the occasion of this exhibition from his heirs. This box followed the architect on his travels, a kind of portable office, and contained drafting instruments, papers, his business cards, his notebook, his spectacles…Benaki Museum, Pireos str. Annexe
The photographic ‘fieldwork’ of Tassos Vrettos among the makeshift places of worship of migrants and refugees in and around Athens is presented for the first time at the Pireos St Annexe of the Benaki Museum. The photographer records an invisible network within the city: basements and rented flats, apartment blocks and garages, playing fields and outdoor public spaces, squares and courtyards, structures made at hoc in temporary or permanent addresses for groups of Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Spiritualists and Christians of various denominations and multiple ethnic origins (Ethiopian, Afghan, Egyptian, Pakistani, Nigerian, Senegalese, etc.). It is a ‘work in progress’ that began in 2012 with the collaboration of these communities’ members themselves and with the utmost respect for their identities. This special anthropological material with its eloquent social, political but also aesthetic connotations is original; it is also a collaborative effort, in the sense of the various relationships that were sought and cultivated before it could be recorded in photographs. The project does not stop at the level of the foreign migrants’ and refugees’ arrival and survival or their ‘forwarding’ to their final destination; it extends radically to delve into the area of a primordial experience which remains invisible as it brings together people from diverse origins and backgrounds when they are forced to turn what little and precarious they find and collect into places and ways, into states of worship. The English title of the show, "Wor(th)ship. Tassos Vrettos”, echoes the Greek title's untranslatable pun between “topoi [places] and tropoi [ways] of worship” and reflects the etymology of worship from the old engish word worthship, i.e. the act of ascribing worth. Composer Mihalis Kalkanis responded to the invitation of Vrettos to record in sound an indicative sample of what was captured by the lens, and then musically process this material to be presented in the show in specially designed audio installations. The exhibition and the accompanying bilingual catalogue (published by the Benaki Museum) present a total of 44 of those places of worship in Greater Athens. The publication features texts by Greek and foreign historians, anthropologists, philosophers, religiologists, political scientists and curators. It is edited by Nadja Argyropoulou and Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, the curators of the exhibition. Onassis Foundation is the Golden Sponsor of the project.Benaki Museum, Pireos str. Annexe