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Port of Piraeus
Passenger terminal
Country: Greece
Location: Piraeus
Owned by: Piraeus Port Authority S.A.
Type of harbor: Natural/Artificial
Size: 3,000 ha (30 sq km)
Employees: 1,681[1] (2007)
General manager: Dionysios Bechrakis
Vessel arrivals: 27,839 vessels (2008)[2]
Annual cargo tonnage: 20,121,916 tonnes (2007)[3]
Annual container volume: 1,373,138 TEU's (2007)[4]
Passenger traffic: 21,522,917 people[5] (2007)
Annual revenue: US$ 33 million (2007)[6]
Net income: US$ 3 million (2007)[6]

The Port of Piraeus, as the largest Greek seaport, is one of the largest seaports in the Mediterranean Sea basin and one of the top ten container ports in Europe.[7] The port is also a major employer in the area, with more than 1,500 employees who provide services to more than 24,000 ships every year. Piraeus has been the port of Athens since Archaic times.



In 2007 the Port of Piraeus handled 20,121,916 tonnes of cargo and 1,373,138 TEU's making it the busiest cargo port in Greece and the largest container port in the country and the East Mediterranean Sea Basin.[8]

General statistics for 2007[9]
Year 2007
RoRo* 1,108,928
Bulk cargo* 606,454
General cargo* 6,278,635
Containers* 12,127,899
Total* 20,121,916
* figures in tonnes



Container terminal

The terminal has a storage of 900,000 m2 and an annual traffic capacity of around 1.8 million TEUs. [10]

The container terminal has two piers with a total length of 2.8 km, a storage area of 626,000 m2 and an annual capacity of 1.6 - 1.8 million TEUs.[11]

Pier I is currently expanding and at completion in 2009 it will increase its container traffic capacity to 1,000,000 TEUs.[12]

Pier II is also expanding and will have a container traffic capacity of 1,000,000 in 2012.[13]

There are plans to build another pier, Pier III which at completion in 2015 will have a high density stacking system with a container capacity of 1,000,000 TEUs per year.[14]

Cargo terminal

1913 plans for Piraeus Port

The cargo terminal has a storage area of 180,000 m2 and an annual traffic capacity of 25,000,000 tonnes.

Automobile terminal

The Port of Piraeus has three car terminals with a total length of 1.4 km, a land area of 180,000 m2, storage capacity of 12,000 cars and a transshipment capacity of 670,000 units per year.[15]

In 2007 the automobile terminal handled 260,605 trucks, 612,840 cars and 9,920 buses.[8]

Passenger terminal

The Port of Piraeus is the largest passenger port in Europe and one of the largest passenger ports in the world with a total traffic of 21,522,917 people in 2007.[5]

Passenger traffic between 2003 - 2007 [9]
Years 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Domestic passengers 11,713,269 11,159,274 11,484,763 11,668,647 11,572,678
Ferry passengers 8,397,292 8,393,053 7,977,880 7,636,426 8,395,492
Foreign passengers 823,339 757,552 925,782 1,202,190 1,554,747
Total traffic' 20,933,900 20,255,879 20,388,425 20,507,263 21,522,917


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  2. ^ "(Container Terminal)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  3. ^ "(Container Terminal)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  4. ^ "(Container Terminal)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  5. ^ a b "(Container Terminal)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  6. ^ a b "Reuters report". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  7. ^ "Port of Piraeus container port". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  8. ^ a b "(Container Terminal)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  9. ^ a b "(Container Terminal)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  10. ^ "Container terminal". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  11. ^ "Port of Piraeus container terminal". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  12. ^ "Extension of Pier I". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  13. ^ "Machinery & Equipment upgrade of Pier II". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  14. ^ "Construction and equipment of Pier III". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  
  15. ^ "Car Terminal". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  


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