Piraeus, Greece (PortSEurope) July 3, 2019 – Greek Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Christos Spirtzis and Turkish Ambassador to Greece, Burak Ozugergin, have attended an event to mark a new ferry service linking the ports of Lavrio, Athens, in Greece and İzmir’s Çeşme port, Turkey.
The new line, operated by an İzmir-based company, has scheduled three round trips per week. Ships operating the service have the capacity for 360 passengers, 500 cars and 90 trucks, thus benefitting tourism and businesses by reducing transport times.
The İzmir Çesme-Athens Lavrion ferry service had been a long-discussed issue between the two countries, and previous talks saw little progress, likely due to various political tensions between the two countries. Fresh initiatives of both President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have led to the new service commencing.
Lavrion is a small town on the south eastern side of Attica, 40 km from Athens. Cesme is 85 km west of İzmir, the biggest port city and metropolitan centre in the Aegean Turkey.
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