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Container traffic has diminished by 30% at Piraeus port

The handling of containers in Piraeus appears to have dropped by approximately 30% compared to last year, due to the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea, which has forced a very large part of the commercial ships to sail around Africa. Greek transporters and importers are increasingly expressing concerns about …

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Greek police seizes over 100kg of cocaine in Thessaloniki

Greek police confiscated over 100 kilos of cocaine and more than 100,000 euros in cash. The drugs had reached the port of Thessaloniki via a cargo vessel from Latin America. According to police, nine people have been arrested, so far, among them is allegedly one of the leaders of the …

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Russian oil transferred at Kalamata port – Reuters

Albania has seized an oil tanker carrying 22,500 tons of oil suspected of coming from Russia and arrested the crew for breaching a Western embargo, Albanian police said on Monday. The Liberian-registered oil and chemical tanker was seized in the coastal town of Durres. “From the first steps of investigation …

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Greece cancels privatization of Alexandroupolis port; Kavala next

The Greek government has cancelled the privatization of the port of Alexandroupolis in Northern Greece, a process that had started already in 2017. The conservative government has now announced that the port is too important to be entrusted to a private investor. On Thursday, the board of directors of the …

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Crucial port of Alexandroupolis to fall under American control

The port of Alexandroupolis in north-eastern Greece has grown in strategic importance as Washington strengthens military ties with the country. This has been to the detriment of America’s longtime ally, Turkey, as the authoritarian President Erdogan is increasingly distrusted by Western leaders. At the same time, the privatization of the …

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Port in a Storm: Enhancing US-Greece Cooperation at Alexandroupolis

“The USA and its NATO partners urgently need to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the port of Alexandroupolis and by Greece more generally,” says an analysis of the significant strategic role of Greece after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The analysis has been prepared by  the Jewish Institute for National …

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Thessaloniki: Dramatic epilogue of a family tragedy

A family tragedy is behind the two passengers of a car that jumped into the sea in Neoi Epivates fishers’ port in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. The 72-year-old mother and her 50-year-old son decided to put an end to their lives on Monday noon.   It was a swimmer who saw …

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“Safe refuge” for boats: Port with no access to the sea in Athens Riviera (video)

This small port for boats in Athens Riviera is certainly one of the kind. The port between Floisvos and Batis in Palaio Faliro is closed from all sides, including the one to the sea. A literally “safe refuge” for small, hobby fishing boats. When a team of UpDrones/Good Droning sent …

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Express port bus X80 “Piraeus-Acropolis-Syntagma” resumes operation

After two years of Covid, a message of return to normalcy: express touristic bus line X80 linking toe port of Piraeus to Acropolis and Syntagma in downtown Athens is resuming its operation. The line addressed mainly cruise ship passengers. The itineraries started on Saturday, May 28, 2022. The line, which …

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Fata Morgana: Rare mirages phenomenon in Thessaloniki Gulf (video) – POLL

Residents of Thessaloniki in northern Greece were able to observe the rare phenomenon of Fata Morgana. Due to the phenomenon ships moored in the Thermaic Gulf appeared “floating” in the air.A Fata Morgana is a complex form of superior mirage visible in a narrow band right above the horizon and …

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The Palace where Alexander the Great was born revealed in “coastal” Pella

The Palace where Alexander the Great was born is being revealed and archaeologists estimate that the site will be able to receive visitors as of summer 2021. The palace is located in Pella, western Macedonia, northern Greece. In this building, part of which was excavated in 1957, when no one …

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Migrants and refugees camp at Lesvos port as locals prevent access to Moria UPD

Dozens of migrants and refugees have camped at the port of Lesvos capital Mytiline after locals hindered them from moving to the hotspot of Moria. More than 400 men, women and children arrived by boat from the Turkish Coast on Sunday and were met by angry residents who oppresively demand …

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Weather: Waves hammer the old Venetian Harbor of Chania (video)

The old Venetian harbor of Chania came under water with huge waves and rain to hammer the area for hours without mercy. The heavy rainfalls and powerful winds that stroke the Chania Prefecture on Thursday and Friday have caused large damages in the infrastructure, flooded homes and businesses. Citing local …

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Huge amount of “Jihadists’ drugs” seized after ship docks at Piraeus port

In a joint operation, Greek and Turkish authorities stroke a blow to a cargo of more than 5 million Captagon pills, the so-called “Jihadists’ drugs” after a vessel docked at the port of Piraeus. Greek custom authorities discovered and seized the illegal cargo following a tip off by Turkish authorities. …

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Ferry evacuated from firefighters and crew due to sharp leaning

Small fires are burning inside garage of ferry Eleftherios Venizelos of ANEK shipping company still on Friday morning. An order to temporary evacuate the ferry from firefighters and crew was given around 11:15 a.m. as the vessel suddenly leaned to the right by 7 degrees. According to information of Athens …

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Efforts to extinguish the fire continue, as ferry leans to one side

Efforts to extinguish the fire in the passenger ferry Eleftherios Venizelos are in full power at the port of Piraeus still at 3 o’ clock Wednesday afternoon. With water and foam firefighters try to get the fire under control. However, conditions are difficult due as the garage in fully loaded …

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Passenger ferry Aqua Blue crashes at the pier of Skiathos port

A passenger ferry with 170 people on board crashed at the pier of the port of  Skiathos in the island group of Sporades. Passenger ferry “Aqua Blue” crashed at 6:30 Sunday afternoon after arriving at the port. The ferry suffered a small damage in a watertight section, its continuation of …

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Greek police relocates hundreds of migrants from camps close to Patras port

In an operation that started as early as 5:30 Tuesday morning, Greek police evacuated hundreds of migrants from makeshift camps at two abandoned factories near the the port of Patras. A total of 563 migrants were transferred with buses to state facilities where authorities are to check their documents. Dozens …

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