Port of Thessaloniki
The Port of Thessaloniki (Greek: Λιμάνι της Θεσσαλονίκης) is one of the largest Greek seaports and one of the largest ports in the Aegean Sea basin, with a total annual traffic capacity of 16 million tonnes (7 million tonnes dry bulk and 9 million tonnes liquid bulk). As a free port, it also functions as a major gateway for the Balkan hinterland and southeastern Europe.
|Port of Thessaloniki|
The passenger terminal
|Operated by||Thessaloniki Port Authority (Athex: OLTH)|
South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki Ltd (67%) |
Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH – 47%
Terminal Link SAS – 33%
Belterra Investments Ltd – 20%
Other Shareholders (25.73%)
|Type of harbor||Natural/Artificial|
|Size||155 ha (1.55 sq km)|
|General manager||Sotirios Theofanis|
|Vessel arrivals||▲ 3,064 vessels (2014)|
|Annual cargo tonnage||▲ 18,127,224 tonnes (2010)|
|Annual container volume||▲ 293,282 TEU's (2014)|
|Passenger traffic||▼ 180,755 people (2010)|
|Annual revenue||€54.23 million (2017)|
|Net income||€7.335 million (2017)|
The container terminal is currently being expanded by 36 hectares, following an investment of around US$600 million by the Hong Kong-based company, Hutchison Port Holdings. The Hong Kong-based company won the tender after surpassing a first offer made by COSCO Pacific, which offered around US$500 million for the development of the container terminal. In 2009 Hutchinson didn't find the money to pay for the concession of the port and so they lost it.
The cargo terminal has a total storage area of 1,000,000 m2 and specializes in the handling of wide cargo that ranges from metal products, ore, chemical products (chloroform, asphalt, chemicals, mineral oils), general cargoes, timber, bulk cargoes and food products. The terminal also serves as a major transshipment hub in the Aegean — Black Sea area being used by other Balkan countries such as Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.
Oil and gas terminalEdit
The Port of Thessaloniki has one of the largest passenger terminals in the Aegean Sea basin. The passenger terminal handled around 162,731 passengers in 2007, and it is recently being upgraded, as Thessaloniki is also slowly turning into a major tourist port for cruising in the eastern Mediterranean.
In the area above the port, traditionally called "Vardaris" (and "Varonou Hirs", Baron Hirsch, a quarter of the area), the Holocaust Museum of Greece, among others, is being constructed. The old railway station, from where the Jews of the city were deported to Auschwitz concentration camp, was located in this area and the museum is being constructed on land leased by the Hellenic Railways Organisation. The Municipality of Thessaloniki also wants to create a Metropolitan Park, a Memorial Park and a Jewish school in the same area.
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- Container terminal
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- Cargo terminal
- Oil and gas terminal storage capacity
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