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EU Funding For Infrastructure Upgrades In Four Greek Ports

EU funding has been secured for the implementation of important infrastructure enhancements at four Greek ports.

According to AMNA, a process is currently ongoing to enhance the infrastructure of a fifth port, the port of Alexandroupolis, due to its crucial geostrategic nature. These renovations will benefit Greece's major ports, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, and Igoumenitsa.

According to AMNA, a total of six infrastructure development projects have been given the green light to receive EU funding from the Connecting Europe Facility 2021–2027 fund.

The port of Piraeus will benefit from three of the initiatives. They include digital technology for Just-in-Time (JIT) arrival, port facilities to supply electricity to ships utilizing hybrid propulsion technology, and the SMILE project to leverage digital data to support sustainable logistics.

Thessaloniki's port in the north of the country has requested funding to restore dock 6 infrastructure and minimum depths.

In order to lessen its carbon footprint, the port of Igoumenitsa in northwest Greece will construct energy infrastructure, which will include providing electricity to ships berthed in the port.

The port of Heraklion on the island of Crete has filed a design for the improvement of its container terminal as well as for the provision of electricity to ships carrying controlled temperature containers in the south.

An interministerial strategic investments committee will be in charge of a separate procedure to carry out necessary infrastructural improvements at the port of Alexandroupolis in the north-east.

In order to allow large warships to dock, the General Secretariat for Ports and Naval Investments has produced a plan to restore the minimum depths in the Alexandroupolis port channel up to a distance of 2.5 km.

It is anticipated that additional road construction within the port region will make it easier to convey freight. The Egnatia Highway will be connected to the port via a new highway, and LED lighting will be used to optimize the port's lighting.

Due to the port's enhanced geostrategic importance, a tender for the privatization of the state-owned Alexandroupolis port, which is close to the Turkish border, was cancelled in November.



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