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.
The management of PPA S.A. welcomed today one more new generation cruise ship (300m long) during its first visit to Piraeus. This is "Mein Schiff 4" of TUI Cruises which for the rest of the year and in 2019 will visit Greece and Piraeus during its trips. The ship’s Master Mr. Naneder Sebastian warmly welcomed Cpt. Weng Lin, Deputy CEO of PPA S.A. and during the exchange of honorary plaques, he thanked the Management of PPA S.A. for the visit and for the good cooperation in general. It is also noted that last week, with the collaboration of the cruise ship “Jewel of the Seas” and the participation of the coast guard and other institutions, a large-scale exercise was carried out in the cruise area under the ISPS Code, aiming at the best possible preparation of the involved parties against terrorist attacks and crisis management.
We are very pleased to present, the final list of Greek cruise ports, in which we have recorded the arrivals of cruise ships and cruise passengers for 2017. The source of the data is the members of ELIME (Port Organizations SA and the local Municipal Port Authorities of the Country). We take the opportunity to warmly thank the executives of all these agencies for our assistance in collecting the data, so that we can inform you responsibly, like every year. The picture of the 2017 data confirms the forecasts of cruise ship executives for both cruise ship cruises and cruise passengers' visits to Greek destinations. Thus, for the year just ended, there was a drop of approximately 20.5% in cruise ship arrivals (from 4,307 in 2016 to 3,415 in 2017) and a drop of about 11% in cruise passenger visits (from 5,204,231 in 2016 to 4,625,363 in 2017), which influenced by the instability in ports and countries in Eastern Mediterranean region (Middle East region). We wish a better, more creative and dynamic year for the cruise sector in 2018.
Η Ένωση Λιμένων Ελλάδος (ΕΛΙΜΕ), ακολουθώντας την πάγια τακτική των τελευταίων έξι χρόνων, συνέλεξε και παρουσιάζει τα στατιστικά στοιχεία κρουαζιέρας για το έτος 2016, που μόλις έκλεισε. Ο πίνακας παρουσιάζει τις αφίξεις κρουαζιερόπλοιων και επιβατών κρουαζιέρας, σε επίπεδο Χώρας, σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία που μας απέστειλαν τα στελέχη των μελών (Οργανισμοί Λιμένων) και μελών – παρατηρητών (Λιμενικά Ταμεία) της ΕΛΙΜΕ καθώς και των τοπικών Λιμεναρχείων (όπου η ΕΛΙΜΕ δεν διαθέτει μέλη ή μέλη – παρατηρητές). Η ΕΛΙΜΕ εκφράζει τις ευχαριστίες της για την έγκαιρη και έγκυρη εργασία τους, ώστε να ολοκληρωθεί ο πίνακας αφίξεων κρουαζιερόπλοιων και επιβατών κρουαζιέρας, ο οποίος είναι χρήσιμος για εξαγωγή συμπερασμάτων τόσο σε σύνολο Χώρας όσο και σε τοπικό επίπεδο. Η συνολική εικόνα του πίνακα δείχνει ότι έκλεισε μία επίσης καλή χρονιά για την βιομηχανία κρουαζιέρας, αφού το σύνολο των αφίξεων κρουαζιερόπλοιων παρέμεινε σταθερό για το 2016 σε σχέση με το 2015 ( 4.290 αφίξεις το 2016 έναντι 4.281 αφίξεων το 2015) και σημειώθηκε μία μικρή αύξηση της τάξεως περίπου 5% στις αφίξεις επιβατών κρουαζιέρας το 2016 σε σχέση με το 2015 ( 5.197.118 αφίξεις επιβατών το 2016 έναντι 4.957.743 αφίξεων επιβατών το 2015). Πρέπει να διευκρινιστεί ακόμη μία φορά, ότι λόγω της ιδιαιτερότητας της κρουαζιέρας, όπου το κάθε ταξίδι είναι κυκλικό και περιλαμβάνει προσεγγίσεις πέραν του ενός προορισμού, οι αριθμοί αυτοί αποτελούν δείκτη επισκέψεων ίδιων πλοίων και επιβατών κρουαζιέρας σε περισσότερους του ενός προορισμούς. Πιο αναλυτικά: · Αξιοσημείωτη αύξηση σε αφίξεις παρουσίασαν τα λιμάνια της Κέρκυρας (σημειώνοντας ρεκόρ αφίξεων των τελευταίων 5 χρόνων), της Σούδας Χανίων, της Ζακύνθου και των Κυθήρων, ενώ το Λαύριο συνεχίζει για τρίτη χρονιά την ανοδική του πορεία εντάσσοντας το σταθερά στον πίνακα του homeporting. · Μείωση αφίξεων παρουσίασαν τα λιμάνια Κεφαλλονιάς – Ιθάκης του Βόλου και της Πάτμου, ενώ αξιοσημείωτη μείωση παρουσιάζουν τα λιμάνια της Μυτιλήνης και της Κω. · Τα νησιά που δέχθηκαν κατά το 2016 τις έντονες προσφυγικές ροές παρουσιάζουν μικτή εικόνα. Μείωση αφίξεων στη Μυτιλήνη και Κω, σταθερότητα στη Χίο και αύξηση στα λιμάνια της Σάμου (Βαθύ-Πυθαγόρειο). · Στα υπόλοιπα λιμάνια προορισμού κρουαζιέρας, οι αυξομειώσεις είναι μικρές και χωρίς ουσιαστική επίπτωση. Ολοκληρώνοντας την εικόνα, πρέπει να σημειωθεί ότι σύμφωνα με τεκμηριωμένες πληροφορίες τόσο από τα λιμάνια, σημαντικούς προορισμούς κρουαζιέρας, όσο και από τους παράγοντες της εγχώριας βιομηχανίας κρουαζιέρας, που αξιολογούν τις προκρατήσεις, τον προγραμματισμό του 2017 και υπολογίζοντας τις κινήσεις ακόμη και της τελευταίας στιγμής, φαίνεται ότι η χρονιά που άρχισε δεν θα είναι ιδιαίτερα ευνοϊκή για την κρουαζιέρα στην περιοχή μας. Είναι πιθανό να σημειωθούν σημαντικές αποκλίσεις (μειώσεις) τόσο στις αφίξεις κρουαζιερόπλοιων όσο και επιβατών στο σύνολο της Χώρας και στους επιμέρους προορισμούς. Το γεγονός αυτό αποδίδεται τόσο στην αποσταθεροποίηση της περιοχής της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου ( και ιδιαίτερα της Τουρκίας), όσο και στην ανάδειξη νέων αγορών ( Ανατολική Ασία, Αυστραλία κλπ), που επηρεάζουν αρνητικά και την Χώρα μας. Σας ευχόμαστε μία καλή, δημιουργική και αποτελεσματική χρονιά.
Piraeus Port Authority SA Management executives welcome the newly built cruise ship "SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER" on Wednesday 12.10.2016 and handed an honorary plaque to the Italian master Vasta Rosario Giovanni and books for the ship’s library as well. The ship which is 224 meters long with a total of 750 passengers and 650 crew members was built in July 2016 and this summer makes cruises in the Aegean. It is noted that in October the cruise calls in Piraeus, a hospitable and safe port in eastern Mediterranean, are continued with the same growth rate as from the beginning of the year (15-20%).