Greek shipping will enter a more eco-friendly “electricity era” this month with the charging of the ferry boat “Fior di Levante”, during its overnight stay at the western Greece harbour of Kyllini.
The first charging of a commercial vessel in Greek waters, reportedly set for December 20, comes within the framework of the EU’s Electrification in the Eastern Mediterranean program.
According to Panos Mitrou, Hellenic Lloyd’s manager for marine technology and innovation in southern Europe, the development is an important milestone for Greek shipping, with the initial aim to reduce emissions in ports and to reduce operating costs.
Mitrou addressed an annual meeting on marine technology, which was held in Athens over the past week, and was organized by the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology.
Kyllini is a port town and a community in the municipal unit of Kastro-Kyllini, Elis, Greece, situated on the Ionian Sea coast, 11 km west of Andravida. From the port of Kyllini there are several ferry connections to the Ionian islands Zakynthos and Cephalonia.