A cooperation and coordination meeting with subject the safe cruise restart and the optimal implementation of the passengers’ reception procedures, was held in the presence of the General Secretary of Ports & Port Policy Mr. Evangelos Kyriazopoulos, the Piraeus Harbormaster, Commodore Mr. Georgios Skandalis, the EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS Joint Action Coordinator, Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology Christos Hadjichristodoulou, the Associate Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology Ms. Varvara Mouchtouri, the Director at Region of Attica Piraeus Health Port Authority, Mr. Charalampos Vasiliou and executives of PPA S.A. During the meeting, a visit took place to the Cruise passenger terminals and were discussed in detail all issues related to the protocols’ implementation for the safest passengers flows and the compliance with the sanitary measures. The port of Piraeus is a crucial hub for the successful Cruise restart in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. For 2021, 453 arrivals have been planned, from which 251 are boarding arrivals (40 homeport ships), 190 transit arrivals (33 transit ships) and 12 arrivals for supply.
Heraklion Port Authority celebrates on the 13th of May the official start of the 2021 cruise and the tourist season in Greece. Heraklion and its Port Authority won again the pole position in the starting grid of the 2021 cruise resumption in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean TUI Cruises: "The port of Heraklion is our natural choice when we think about home porting in the Eastern Mediterranean". Mein Schiff 5 of TUI Cruises, with 995 passengers onboard, made on Friday 14 May 2021 her maiden call for the 2021 cruise season in the East Med (with transit ports Rhodes, Piraeus and Souda /Crete). TUI Cruises offers to cruise enthusiasts during this very popular 7 day itinerary the opportunity to enjoy from the ship’s decks the view of the magnificent Greek islands of Milos and Santorini with its spectacular sunset. Mein Schiff 5 cruise program is a complete cruise & fly one, in which passengers are transferred to Heraklion using TUI flights. All passengers adhere to the strict health protocols in accordance with the newly issued EU Health Gateways. According to statements of TUI top management, this popular weekly itinerary is planned to operate until autumn 2021. On Mein Schiff 5 current cruises around Greece, guests can go on excursions arranged or managed by the cruise line. One day before Mein Schiff 5 2021 season maiden voyage, on May 13, 2021, TUI Cruises CEO Mrs. Wybcke Meier, the Master Cpt. Yiannis Anastassiou and the crew were officially welcomed during a special ceremony, for a restricted number of honored guests. The Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports Mr. Avgenakis, the MP Mr. Senetakis, the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor of Heraklion Mr. Lambrinos and Mr. Sissamakis and other representatives of local authorities and stakeholders, had the opportunity during this event to admire Mein Schiff 5 and learn more about TUI Cruises plans for the summer season 2021 and the future key pillars of strategic business development in Crete and the East Med. TUI Cruises expressed again this year a clear vote of confidence towards its cooperation with Heraklion Port Authority Management, sealing a long-term strategic cooperation of the two companies, using Heraklion as homeport of TUI Cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean for 2021 and beyond. According to statements of TUI Cruises top management, this year's prospects for this particular cruise itinerary, as well as for Crete in general, are considered being very good at this very moment. A further positive booking trend is expected during the coming months and especially in autumn, in line with the progress of the vaccination campaign in Greece and Germany. The decision of TUI Cruises to choose again Heraklion as homeport for the East Med operations, acquires special importance in view of a cruise development strategy targeting a 12-month homeport operation from Heraklion port. Once this target is achieved, it will become a true milestone for Heraklion Port Authority and the local community, stimulating the local economy, especially during the off-season period. The President of HPO Mr. Ioannis Vardavas and the CEO Mr. Minas Papadakis, in their short welcome speeches, expressed their sincere appreciation to the CEO of TUI Cruises Mrs. Wybcke Meier as well as the Greek Master Cpt. Giannis Anastasiou, emphasizing the paramount importance of TUI Cruises decision to choose again Heraklion as homeport for Mein Schiff 5, based on their past excellent experience with the Management and the Executives of Heraklion Port Authority. Mr. Vardavas and Mr. Papadakis thanked the Municipality of Heraklion and all local authorities and stakeholders for their great support and exchange of valuable know -how during the winter months 2020/2021. Mr. Papadakis made a short reference about the very positive outlook for Heraklion as cruise destination, based on confirmed berth reservations for the rest of 2021 cruise season (under strict observance of the protocols determining the maximum number of large cruise ships accommodated on a daily basis, which for Heraklion is set at 2 cruise vessels daily).
PPA S.A. announces the arrival of Mein Schiff 5, the first cruise ship in Piraeus for the current tourist season, with approximately 1000 passengers, after a long-time suspension due to the pandemic. The port of Piraeus in cooperation with the competent authorities has taken all necessary measures for the safe conduct of passengers and the compliance with health measures, being ready to support the successful restart of the cruise industry, serving all cruise ships that have requested to visit it, offering quality services and contributing to the development of the tourist product. It is noted that PPA S.A. has provided to the Region of Attica three (3) office rooms inside the Cruise Terminal for use as Public Health facilities, in order to be used by the staff of the Region for the health supervision of cruise operations in the port of Piraeus, as part of the measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
TUI Cruises: «Το λιμάνι του Ηρακλείου είναι η φυσική μας επιλογή όταν μιλάμε για homeporting στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο» Το κρουαζιερόπλοιο Mein Schiff 5 της TUI Cruises, ξεκινά επίσημα την Παρασκευή 14 Μαΐου 2021, με αφετηρία το Ηράκλειο, επταήμερες κρουαζιέρες στα Ελληνικά νησιά μέχρι τα τέλη της σαιζόν 2021. Στο πρώτο δρομολόγιο τα λιμάνια προσέγγισης θα είναι η Ρόδος, ο Πειραιάς και η Σούδα της Κρήτης, ενώ το πλοίο στη διάρκεια της κρουαζιέρας θα πλεύσει στον κόλπο του Αδάμαντα/Μήλο και στην Καλντέρα της Σαντορίνης, προκειμένου οι επιβάτες του να θαυμάσουν από τα καταστρώματα του πλοίου τα δύο μοναδικής φυσικής ομορφιάς αυτά Ελληνικά νησιά. Η περυσινή ψήφος εμπιστοσύνης της TUi Cruises στον Οργανισμό Λιμένος Ηρακλείου, μετά την εξαιρετικά επιτυχημένη συνεργασία των δύο οργανισμών, κατά το δύσκολο λόγω της πανδημίας φθινόπωρο του 2020, επαναλαμβάνεται φέτος, σφραγίζοντας την μακροχρόνια στρατηγική συνεργασία των δύο οργανισμών, με την εκ νέου επιλογή του Ηρακλείου Κρήτης ως homeport της TUI Cruises στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο και για το 2021. Σήμερα Πέμπτη, 13 Μαΐου 2021, στα πλαίσια μιας πανηγυρικής τελετής στο Mein Schiff 5, στην οποία τηρήθηκαν στο έπακρον όλα τα αναθεωρημένα υγειονομικά πρωτόκολλα, με αυστηρά περιορισμένο κύκλο επισήμων προσκεκλημένων, εγκαινιάστηκε επίσημα η επανεκκίνηση του Ελληνικού Τουρισμού και της παγκόσμιας κρουαζιέρας στην Ελλάδα και στην λεκάνη της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου για την σαιζόν 2021. Το πλοίο της TUI Cruises, Mein Schiff 5, το οποίο θα εκτελεί με αφετηρία (homeport) το Ηράκλειο Κρήτης, 7ημερες κρουαζιέρες στα Ελληνικά νησιά μέχρι τα τέλη Οκτωβρίου 2021, κατέπλευσε στο λιμάνι του Ηρακλείου την Τρίτη 11 Μαΐου 2021, πρώτες απογευματινές ώρες, προερχόμενο από το Bari της Ιταλίας, δένοντας στον προβλήτα 4-5. Την τελετή τίμησαν με την παρουσία τους Ο Υφυπουργός Αθλητισμού κ. Αυγενάκης, Ο Βουλευτής Ηρακλείου κ. Σενετάκης Ο Δήμαρχος Ηρακλείου κ. Λαμπρινός Ο Αντιδήμαρχος Ηρακλείου κ. Σισσαμάκης Οι Αντιπεριφερειάρχες Κρήτης κ.κ. Αλεξάκης, Βαμβακάς και Συριγωνάκης Η Διοικήτρια της 7ης ΥΠΕ κα Μπορμπουδάκη Ο Λιμενάρχης Ηρακλείου κ. Δουβής Ο Αερολιμενάρχης του Διεθνούς Αερολιμένα Ηρακλείου κ. Πλιάκας και ο Διευθυντής Αεροδρομίου κ. Ρέππας Η επίτιμη Πρόξενος της Αυστρίας κα Καράτζη Ο Αν. Προϊστάμενος Τμήματος Δημόσιας Υγιεινής κ. Παπαδάκης Ο Προϊστάμενος Τομέων Επιθεώρησης-Ναυτολογίας Κ.Λ.Η. κ. Παπαδεράκης Μέλη του Δ.Σ. του ΟΛΗ ΑΕ Τον Ομιλο TUI, εκπροσώπησαν η CEO της TUI Cruises κα Wybcke Meier. Ο Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος του ΟΛΗ κ. Μηνάς Παπαδάκης, τόνισε στον χαιρετισμό του την τεράστια σημασία της απόφασης της TUI Cruises να εμπιστευτεί απόλυτα, την τεχνογνωσία και τις διοικητικές ικανότητες της Διοίκησης και του στελεχιακού δυναμικού του Οργανισμού Λιμένα Ηρακλείου, τόσο κατά την περυσινή εκκίνηση των δραστηριοτήτων της εταιρίας στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο με την πανδημία στην έξαρσή της, με homeport (λιμάνι αφετηρίας) το Ηράκλειο, όσο και για την φετινή σαιζόν. Ο Πρόεδρος του ΟΛΗ ΑΕ κ. Ιωάννης Βαρδαβάς με έναν εγκάρδιο χαιρετισμό καλωσόρισε τους επίσημους προσκεκλημένους, ευχαρίστησε την CEO της TUI Cruises κα Wybcke Meier καθώς τον Ελληνα Πλοίαρχο του Κρουαζιερόπλοιου Cpt. Γιάννη Αναστασίου και ευχήθηκε καλή αρχή στην επανεκκίνηση της κρουαζιέρας. Η απόφαση της TUI Cruises αποκτά ιδιαίτερη σημασία για την προοπτική στρατηγικής ανάπτυξης της κρουαζιέρας σε εύλογο βάθος χρόνου σε 12μηνη βάση από το Ηράκλειο, σε αγαστή συνεργασία με τον Οργανισμό Λιμένα Ηρακλείου, γεγονός που θα τονώσει την τοπική οικονομία ιδιαίτερα κατά την εκτός υψηλής τουριστικής σαιζόν χρονική περίοδο. Οι 1.000 περίπου Γερμανοί στην πλειοψηφία τους επιβάτες του πλοίου, (στις άλλες εθνικότητες συγκαταλέγονται Αυστριακοί και Ελβετοί), έφτασαν σήμερα στο Διεθνές Αεροδρόμιο του Ηρακλείου «Νικόλαος Καζαντζάκης» με πτήσεις της TUI fly, θυγατρικής της TUI και θα κατευθυνθήκαν κατευθείαν στον Επιβατικό Σταθμό του Λιμένος Ηρακλείου, όπου ακολουθήθηκε με απόλυτα συντονισμένο τρόπο η contactless διαδικασία ελέγχου των απαραίτητων εγγράφων/πιστοποιητικών και επιβίβασής τους στο πλοίο. Ολοι οι επιβάτες τηρούν με προσήλωση και σοβαρότητα τα αυστηρά υγειονομικά πρωτόκολλα σύμφωνα με το ισχύον καθεστώς της κρουαζιέρας. Σύμφωνα με δηλώσεις των υπευθύνων της TUI Cruises, οι προοπτικές της φετινής χρονιάς για την επιβατική κίνηση του συγκεκριμένου πλοίου χαρακτηρίζονται ως πολύ καλές αυτή την στιγμή, όπως και για την Κρήτη ειδικότερα, με αυξητική τάση για τους επόμενους μήνες και κυρίως το φθινόπωρο, όσο προχωράει ο εμβολιασμός του πληθυσμού στην Ελλάδα και στην Γερμανία. Μια μέρα πριν, την Τετάρτη 12 Μαίου, στις 11π.μ, εκπρόσωποι των ηλεκτρονικών και εντύπων Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης της Κρήτης, είχαν την ευκαιρία στα πλαίσια συνέντευξης τύπου του Οργανισμού Λιμένος Ηρακλείου να ξεναγηθούν βάσει συγκεκριμένου σχεδίου στο υπερσύγχρονο πλοίο της TUI Cruises και να μιλήσουν με τον Έλληνα Πλοίαρχο Cpt. Γιάννη Αναστασίου και μέλη του πληρώματος. Ο Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος του ΟΛΗ Α.Ε. κ. Μηνάς Παπαδάκης είχε την ευκαιρία στη διάρκεια της συνέντευξης τύπου να ενημερώσει τους εκπροσώπους των ΜΜΕ αναφορικά με την υλοποίηση των νέων αναθεωρημένων πρωτοκόλλων υγιεινής και ασφάλειας από τον ΟΛΗ σε συνεργασία με την Ιατρική Σχολή του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας (υπό την επιστημονική καθοδήγηση του Καθηγητή Υγιεινής και Επιδημιολογίας κ. Χρήστου Χατζηχριστοδούλου και της Αναπληρώτριας Καθηγήτριας Βαρβάρας Μουχτούρη) και την Διοικήτρια της 7η Υγειονομικής Περιφέρειας Κρήτης κυρία Λένα Μπορμπουδάκη. Επίσης αναφέρθηκε στην πολύ θετική εικόνα που υπάρχει αυτή την στιγμή στον Οργανισμό Λιμένα Ηρακλείου, αναφορικά με τις επιβεβαιωμένες κρατήσεις θέσεων ελλιμενισμού κρουαζιεροπλοίων από διεθνείς ομίλους κρουαζιέρας για τους επόμενους μήνες του 2021 , με αυστηρή τήρηση των πρωτοκόλλων, που καθορίζουν τον μέγιστο επιτρεπόμενο αριθμό ταυτοχρόνως εξυπηρετούμενων κρουαζιεροπλοίων σε ημερήσια βάση (για το Ηράκλειο ο μέγιστος αριθμός ταυτόχρονα εξυπηρετούμενων μεγάλων κρουαζιεροπλοίων είναι 2 ημερησίως). Τέλος ευχαρίστησε τον Δήμο Ηρακλείου και όλες τις τοπικές αρχές για την άριστη συνεργασία και την αμέριστη υποστήριξη που παρέχουν στον Οργανισμό Λιμένα Ηρακλείου από την πρώτη στιγμή της επανεκκίνησης του θαλάσσιου τουρισμού και της κρουαζιέρας ειδικότερα.
1.Calendar year 2020: The Port of Heraklion reached rank #1 among all Greek ports in terms of cruise passengers volume: As disclosed in the recent General Assembly of Greek Ports Association (ELIME) in late January 2021, the Port of Heraklion reached in 2020 rank #1 among all Greek ports in terms of cruise passengers volume. Heraklion welcomed during the pandemic in 2020, 19.998 cruise passengers (who have visited Heraklion in 24 cruise ships calls), which reflect approx 30% of a total of 64.356 cruise passengers, that were registered in Greek ports during 2020. Heraklion' 2020 cruise passengers figure is definitely not representative for the true potential of Heraklion as port of call (lacking 287.000 passengers compared with 2019 passenger volume), however, it proves that during the pandemic Heraklion retained a significant share of cruise passengers compared with other Greek ports. Heraklion, being one of the most important cruise destination ports in Greece, played in autumn 2020 a crucial role in the cruise resumption in the Mediterranean, both as home, as well as transit port, a fact that has been widely acknowledged by the cruise community. This success is a result of key initiatives and networking undertaken by the Management of Heraklion Port Authority S.A. headed by its CEO Mr. Minas Papadakis. 2) Cooperation between HPO S.A. and ELMEPA: Heraklion Port Authority S.A., within the context of its cooperation with the Greek Academic Community, signed in January 2021 a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Cretan based Hellenic Mediterranean University (ELMEPA). As one could expect, the Cruise, Maritime and Tourism Sectors are considered top priority research topics of this Memorandum. After a thorough evaluation of potential projects, it has been agreed to focus on the following: a. Drafting a Business Plan for a yachting marina in Heraklion. b. Evaluation of the financial impact of cruise and yachting passengers in the local economy. c. Evaluation of the extent to which tourism and hotel accommodation are complementary or competing products. Respectively, the evaluation of potential synergies between cruises and yachting. d. Development of digital marketing applications, aiming in the recording and promotion of destination attractiveness elements (i.e. cultural resources, natural resources, heritage, enogastronomy etc of Heraklion). These applications, once developed, will be made available to cruise companies and their passengers. 3) Destination Sustainability assessment project conducted by GSTC: A brief update regarding the Destination Assessment of Heraklion, performed by GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) and co-funded by CLIA, Heraklion Port Authority and the Municipality of Heraklion. The GSTC Destination Assessment focuses on four main categories of destination sustainability: destination management and governance; economic benefits to local communities; protection of cultural heritage, community, and visitor well-being; environmental protection and conservation. For more details about the Destination Assessment Methodology and examples, please see https://www.gstcouncil.org/for-destinations/destination-assessment/. This very ambitious project for Heraklion as destination, is about to enter in its first phase (Phase A '), which includes data collection and the creation of a Stakeholders Map. As we speak: procedures for the launch of Sustainable Tourism Webinars for the Destination Stakeholders (4.3.2021-12.4.2021) have been communicated, as well as the content of Training Seminars (consisting of six 3-hour webinars and six 3-hour training sessions) for selected staff. The progress of the project so far is in line with the agreed tight deadlines and all involved bodies express their full satisfaction for the highly professional implementation of the project. 4) Participation of Mr. Minas Papadakis, CEO of HPO S.A. at the “Morning Coffee” of Med Cruise (a new initiative of MedCruise "Morning Coffee with Laura Cimaglia and Nicky Guerrero): The CEO of HPO S.A. Mr. Minas Papadakis, was invited as guest speaker in the first webcast of this series on January 30, 2021 (each episode of 45 minutes duration), together with the CEO of the port of Valletta/Malta and the Cruise Manager of the port of Civitavecchia/Rome. The three top executives shared on this webcast their experience and know-how on the resumption of the 2020 cruises with the other ports of Med Cruise. 5) Business Development/discussions of HPO S.A. with cruise companies in view of the 2021 and 2022 cruise seasons: Mr. Minas Papadakis, HPO S.A. CEO has already entered in discussions (held at top management level), with selected cruise lines, evaluating possibilities for future long term business cooperation and presenting the advantages of Heraklion as a port of call (homeport or transit port) for 2021 and mainly for 2022 seasons. The content of these discussions as one can understand is fully confidential. We can be cautiously optimistic, that unless something dramatic changes on the epidemiological front, we may have very pleasant surprises in terms of increasing cruise ship calls in the next few months in Heraklion, as soon as Greek ports will open for cruise ships.
The Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME) announces today the cruise statistics for 2020, as in the previous 10 years. The measures taken globally to tackle the covid-19 pandemic have had and unfortunately continue to have social and economic impacts in all areas of activity. As expected, these measures also affected the cruise industry globally, an area in which our country has shown significant performance over the past years and has a promising future. Unfortunately, the cruise statistics recorded for 2020 in 43 registered destinations in our country, show a significant drop amounting in 202 cruise ship arrivals (compared to 3,899 arrivals in 2019) and 64,356 visitor arrivals (compared to 5,537,500 in 2019). That is, a drop of more than 95% in both indices. With the hope and wish that in 2021 the gradual de-escalation and recovery in all areas of activity will begin, we wish all those involved in this important sector of our economy health and optimism for the future.
The cruise ship “Mein Schiff 6” departed from Piraeus last night and the disembarkation/ embarkation of the passengers was successfully completed under strict safety measures, in compliance with all the relevant protocols. The “Mein Schiff 6” was the first ship to restart cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean calling Piraeus after 6 months suspension in Greece. The ship was welcomed by representatives of the port, exchanging complimentary gifts and expressing thereby their thanks and support for the restart of the cruise in Greece with the Captain of the ship, the CEO of TUI Cruises and the CLIA Europe representative.
After a six-month cruise stop, the first cruise ship with passengers will approach a Greek port and especially the Port of Heraklion. Cruise ship ‘’Mein Schiff 6’’, is expected on September 11, 2020. The passengers will come to Heraklion with charter flights from Germany as the cruise ship will start cruise trips every Sunday from Heraklion, including Piraeus and Corfu as the next ports. The procedures agreed on the contingency plans in the event of a communicable disease case of covid 19, both in the Port and on the ship, will strictly follow the health requirements as defined by the European and National Health Protocols. Based on the reservations so far, it is expected that about 600 passengers will travel on the ship (capacity of 2,534 passengers), while according to protocols the upper limit will be 1,520 people. The arrival of Mein Schiff 6, one of the largest cruise ships in the world, of the colossal company TUI, is a vote of confidence in the Management and the executives of the Port of Heraklion SA, been the first homeport of the Greek cruise in a time of pandemic. For all of us in the port of Heraklion, the mooring of Mein Schiff 6 from tomorrow Friday 11/9/2020, is at the same time the maximum certification and distinction for the strict health protocols, which were consistently prepared and implemented, so that the port of Heraklion is in practice the first and at the same time safest cruise port in Greece. We welcome the ship and all passengers and crew on board, hoping that all her arrivals that will take place on 20/9, 27/9, 4/10, 11/10, 18/10 and 25/10, will make Greece a safe cruise destination and at the same time the port of Heraklion a high level homeport.
On the 21/7/2020 Corfu Port Authority S.A. signed a contract with the contractor of the project amounting to € 297,600 regarding the supply and installation of floating piers at the Gaios Port of Paxos in the framework of the THEMIS project -INTERREG cooperation program. The project entitled THEMIS (Territorial and maritime network supporting the small cruises development) concerns the financing of the upgrade the Gaios Port of Paxos so that it will be able to accommodate small capacity cruise ships. The development of this type of tourism is expected to contribute positively to both the increase in tourist traffic to the island as well as the extension of the tourist season. In addition to the floating piers, the funding also concerns infrastructure such as, the creation of a new passenger station, the maintenance of quays, the improvement of the superstructure, the lighting network, the paving of the waterside road, etc. In addition, the upgrade of the port will have immediate benefits for the local population, as they will be able to enjoy better quality of services. The financing for the supply of equipment and the actualization of the projects amounts to 1,000,000 €. Within August, Corfu Port Authority S.A. will auction the construction of the New Passenger Station for the Port of Gaios.
The inauguration ceremony of the Cruise Terminal Expansion project was held today at the cruise terminal of Piraeus. It is a project with initial budget € 120 million, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Priority Axis 7 of the Regional Operational Program Attica 2014-2020. The Cruise Terminal Expansion to the south will be constructed 2 berthing positions for the "new generation" cruise ships of over 280m. long with a timetable for implementation of 32 months. This project will contribute to the increase of the Piraeus port capacity in order to receive big “new generation” cruise ships and consequently to the increase in homeporting (start / end of cruise trips from the port of Piraeus), which also means more revenue for the local economy. The inauguration ceremony of this major project was welcomed by the Minister of Shipping and Insular Policy, Mr. Ioannis Plakiotakis, as representative of the Prime Minister. The Regional Governor of Attica Mr. Georgios Patoulis referred to the great contribution of the project and the Mayor of Piraeus, Mr. Yiannis Moralis highlighted the importance of the project for the local economy. Also the Minister of Tourism Mr. Charis Theocharis, the Ambassador of China Mrs. Zhang Qiyue, the Archbishop Ieronymos and the Metropolitan of Piraeus Seraphim honored the event with their presence. Representatives of the major cruise companies (Carnival, Royal Caribbean) and other representatives from local authorities, shipping agencies, chambers and various associations showed with their full participation that this project will have a positive impact not only for the port itself but also for the local and national economy. The Chairman of PPA S.A. Mr. Yu Zenggang stated: “COSCO SHIPPING has a holistic development plan for the port of Piraeus.Our goal is to improve all the port activities and the expansion of the passenger port will enhance the cruise sector not only Piraeus but the whole Greece".
The Chairman of the PPA S.A. Mr. Yu Zenggang had a cooperation meeting with the Attica Regional Governor Mr. Giorgos Patoulis with subject the expansion of the Piraeus passenger terminal for the construction of 2 berthing positions for "new generation" cruise ships. The project of initial budget € 120 million, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Priority Axis 7 of the Regional Operational Program Attica 2014-2020. In the meeting participated Mr. Thanos Liagkos, Member of the PPA BoD. It was a successful meeting and both sides reaffirmed their willing to proceed rapidly to the implementation of this project which will create new prospects in an important pillar of the Greek economy such as the cruise sector.
PPA S.A. announces that the construction company TEKAL S.A. was awarded as the construction contractor of the Cruise Terminal Expansion project of Piraeus Port Authority, after the financial bid of € 103 million plus VAT, initially budgeted € 136.3 million. The new cruise pier is one of the mandatory investments of the master plan of COSCO SHIPPING for the PPA. The project is also funded by the Regional Operational Programme for Attica 2014-2020. The expansion will be located next to the existing cruise facilities, where large-scale integrated infrastructures will be created in order to meet the growing needs and contribute to the tourism development and the emergence of Greece as a tourist hub in the cruise sector too. Technical data The new quay wall has approximately 1,510.00m length and a variable depth of -19.00 to -29.50 m. The building of two (2) completely safe berths is provided, one of 390.00m length and one of 350.00m., respectively. The construction works will begin in February 2020 with a 32-month completion schedule. The Chairman of PPA S.A. Mr. Yu Zenggang stated: “We are proceeding to the implementation of a significant investment not only for the Piraeus port but also for the local and national economy. The major project of the Southern Expansion will further strengthen the position of Piraeus as a big homeport in the Mediterranean”.
The Hellenic Ports Association (ELIME), following the practice of the last 10 years, publishes today the cruise statistics for the previous year 2019, as regards the number of arrivals of cruise liners and cruise passengers at 43 port destinations throughout our country. Thus, cruise arrivals for 2019 have risen significantly above our expectations. Cruise liners arrivals reached the 3,899 (from 3,410 in 2018), increase 14.34% and cruise passenger’s arrivals the 5,537,500 (from 4,788,642 in 2018), increase 15.64%. Based on the table information we send you, we also want to highlight the following: • Data provided by ELIME members (25 ports - cruise destinations that operate as Port Organizations or Port Municipality Funds). • The remaining details were provided by the relevant Port Authorities, which we thank for their immediate cooperation. • The top twenty cruise port destinations are kept the same, with some minor rearrangements. Piraeus Port continues to hold the top spot in destinations for the 10th consecutive year, marking a significant increase in homeporting / boarding (from 354,398 in 2018 to 410,512 in 2019, an increase of 15.83%). • Significant increase was also noted in the ports - destinations mainly in the ports of Santorini, Souda (Chania-Crete), Rhodes, Ag. Nicholas of Crete and Kefalonia-Ithaca.
One more newly built cruise ship "SKY PRINCESS" called at the port of Piraeus and welcomed by representatives of the PPA Management, who handed to the Cpt. Heikki Laakkonen an honorary plaque and books for the ship's library. “SKY PRINCESS”, the newest cruise ship in the world (October 2019), is 330 meters long, weighs 143,000 tons, has a capacity of 3,660 passengers and has the most modern and innovative facilities in technology and entertainment. According to statistics for the first nine months of 2019, the cruise sector of the port of Piraeus had an increase approximately of 14.6% compared to 2018 and homeporting (arrivals-departures from the Piraeus port), which has the greatest benefits for the national economy, has also increased by 18.2%. It is noted that considering the reservations for 2020 and 2021, the positive trend will continue for the Piraeus port. It is noteworthy that recently (July 2019) the port of Piraeus was awarded by the Mare Nostrum Awards (Medcruise) as the best cruise port for the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Piraeus port was awarded as the best cruise port in the Eastern Mediterranean by MedCruise at an event hosted in Genoa. The award was received by the PPA Manager of Strategic Planning & Marketing Dept. Ms. Theodora Riga. It is the first edition of Mare Nostrum Awards this year and cruise companies and international press representatives voted for this category. In the jury participated also cruise industry experts and Cruise Line executives. MedCruise Association is the largest cruise port association in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Adriatic Sea, Red Sea and Near Atlantic representing 130 ports and 32 cruise related companies from 21 countries and three continents. According to the statistics for the first five months of 2019, the cruise sector of the Piraeus port showed an increase of about 14% compared to 2018 and homeporting (arrivals and departures from the port of Piraeus), which is a strategic objective of PPA's Management, showed a significant increase of 24%. The CEO of PPA S.A. Capt. Fu Chengqiu stated: "Piraeus is a modern and safe port and offers quality services according to the ISO international standards. The tender of the major project of the Southern Expansion which is in progress will further strengthen Piraeus' position as a major homeport port in the Mediterranean."
One more new generation cruise ship (300m long) welcomed today at her first call in Piraeus, the Management of PPA S.A. It is “Mein Schiff 6” cruise ship of TUI Cruises, which will visit Piraeus six times in 2019 during her trips. Captain Simon Böttger welcomed Cpt. Weng Lin, Deputy CEO of PPA S.A. and during the exchange of honorary plaques he thanked the PPA Management for the visit and for good cooperation so far. Also on Tuesday 04th of June 2019 the “Celebrity Infinity” cruise ship called the port of Piraeus and the Greek captain Mr. Yannis Berdos, as well as other Greeks working on the ship, warmly welcomed the PPA executives and exchanged honorary plaques. It is noted that cruise ship calls at the port of Piraeus increased by 28% for the first five months of 2019 compared to the corresponding period of 2018.
• One of the biggest and most luxurious cruise ships of the world "SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS" called at the port of Piraeus and welcomed by the PPA Deputy CEO Capt. Weng Lin and other executives of PPA S.A., in the presence of representatives from cruise associations. The newly built cruise ship (April 2019) is 348 meters long, weighs 168,000 tons, has a capacity of 4,246 passengers, is equipped with the most modern and innovative facilities in technology and entertainment and its construction costed about $ 1 billion. During the ceremony, the Deputy CEO of PPA S.A. handed an honorary plaque and gifts (books) to the Cpt. Charles Sigmund Teige, highlighting: "Piraeus has the biggest cruise terminal in the Eastern Mediterranean and is a modern and safe port which can accommodate the biggest ships, providing quality services according to ISO international standards”. It should be noted that as it appears from the bookings for 2019 as well as from the data of the first three months, there are positive prospects for the Piraeus port and especially the increase in homeporting, which is a strategic objective of the PPA Management. • One more new ship, the cruise ship "BOUGAINVILLE", which was built in April 2019, welcomed representatives of the PPA Management and handed to the Cpt. Remi Genevaz an honorary plaque and books for the ship's library. The cruise ship "BOUGAINVILLE" which is making its maiden itinerary and travels to the Greek islands, belongs to the PONANT Company which operates three ships in luxury cruises in the Mediterranean and will make more than 23 calls at Piraeus in the summer of 2019.
The Deputy CEO Capt. Weng Lin and executives of PPA S.A. welcomed one more newly built cruise ship of VIKING OCEAN CRUISES, the sixth one, and handed an honorary plaque to the Cruise Director Mark Andrew Brignone and books for the ship's library. The cruise ship VIKING JUPITER is 230 meters long with capacity 950 passengers, 490 crew members and belongs to the VIKING Company which is operating in the Piraeus port with homeporting passengers. It should be noted that there are positive messages from the cruise companies’ bookings for 2019 for the port of Piraeus, especially the increase of homeporting which is a strategic target of PPA management.
Today we announce the official statistics of the cruise sector in our country, as we have been following this institutional process for the last eight years, under the following comments, resulting from the first reading of the final list: • Cruise data corresponds to cruise ship arrivals and cruise passenger visits to 43 recorded destinations (ports in mainland and islands) throughout our country. • The data provided by ELIME members (25 Port Organizations and Municipal Ports), following the recording and processing of their executives. In the Greek ports, where there are no ELIME members, our data was provided by the local Port Authorities, which we thank for their cooperation. • Thus, in the year 2018 just ended, 3,410 cruise ship arrivals (compared to 3,415 in 2017) and 4,788,642 cruise passenger visits (compared to 4,625,363 in 2017) were recorded in all Greek cruise destinations. • The top ten destinations have been retained for the last eight years (despite the small reclassifications). • In conclusion, the same picture is retained by 2017 with the same number of ship arrivals and a slight increase in passenger visits of around 3.5%, which proves that despite the problems that have been created in the last two years by the geopolitical turbulence in the East Mediterranean region, the Greek cruise retains its momentum, having only slightly changed from the high levels of 2015/2016. • The small increase of 2018 seems to be the basis for a larger rise this year, according to cruise market estimations. We wish you a good and creative year.
One more cruise ship, "LE LAPEROUSE", built in June 2018, which is visiting Greece and the port of Piraeus for the first time, welcomed today Friday 05.10.2018 representatives of PPA Management and handed to the Master Mr. David Marionneau an honorary plaque and gifts (books) for the ship's library. The cruise ship "LE LAPEROUSE" that will travel to the Greek islands, belongs to Ponant Company which is operating since 1988 in luxury cruises in the Mediterranean and will have more than 170 calls in Greece within 2019.