Irak­lio to be home port for cruise firms

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - STATHIS KOUSOUNIS

Four Euro­pean cruise com­pa­nies – two from Ger­many, one from Spain and one from Italy – are ex­am­in­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing the port of Irak­lio for home­port­ing by 2015, Yian­nis Bras, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Irak­lio Port Au­thor­ity, has told Kathimerini.

He added that there have al­ready been talks with the heads of the com­pa­nies re­gard­ing the in­fra­struc­ture and the ser­vices the Greek side can pro­vide so an agree­ment can be reached.

In the first five months of the year, the num­ber of cruise pas­sen­gers call­ing at Crete’s big­gest port has grown by al­most 100 per­cent from the same pe­riod last year, amount­ing to 60,121.

Bras forecasts that the in­crease for the whole of the year will amount to 40 per­cent on an an­nual ba­sis as Irak­lio ex­pects the ar­rival of 178 cruise ships with a ca­pac­ity of 327,000 pas­sen­gers.

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