The Port of Piraeus is the main seaport of Athens, Greece. Located upon the Saronic Gulf on the western coasts of the Aegean Sea, the Port is the largest port in Greece and one of the largest in Europe.
The port is the main link between the mainland and the Aegean islands and Crete. It also serves as the main sea gate of Europe at its southeastern edge.
The history of the port can be traced back to 490 BC, when the Athenians realised the strategic importance of the deep water harbour and converted it into a military port.
The proximity of the port to the capital city of Athens, its prime geopolitical location in the Aegean, the construction of the Athens-Piraeus Railway line and the creation of the Corinth Canal in 1893 provided a great impetus to the development of the port
Freight services at the Port of Piraeus
The Container Terminal of the Port Authority began operation in June 2010. The terminal has a projected annual capacity of 1.000.000 TEUs. Its mechanical equipment includes seven gantry cranes, one Mobile Crane and eight RMGs.Map of the of Port Piraeus, Athens.
It also features three berths; the East 1 with 500m length and 18m depth, the East 2 with 330m length and 11m depth, as well as the West one with 320m length and 12m depth.
Recent news about the Port of Piraeus
Shipping company COSCO’s subsidiary unit, COSCO Pacific, has recently received approval from the Port of Piraeus, Greece, to invest a further US$285 million in its container-handling facilities.
The Port Authority has recently announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, which is aimed to strengthen cargo flows.