Another great year has started for our Husbandry Agency where repeating clients trust us with our services all aroung Greece.
Husbandry Agency & Crew change services on behalf of the owners of a German owned MR2 tanker, while a commercial voyage at the Port of Agioi Theodoroi were offered from our team.
In addition, numerous incoming shipments of spare parts including BWTS equipment as well as Main Engine spare parts were handled from our Customs & Warehouse department in order to ensure the smooth and fast delivery at the shipyard area, before the vessel’s arrival for her special survey in Syros area.
Finally, IWS and Hull Condition survey on behalf of a major Singapore basead client were carried out within a day at Piraeus anchorage area as a pre purchase inspection.
Piraeus Port welcomes Viking Sky, the first Cruise ship of 2023
PA S.A. officially welcomed Viking Sky, the first cruise ship for the new year, organizing a special event including a plaque exchange and Christmas treats as passengers disembarked at the Cruise Terminal.
In 2023, Viking Cruises’ annual schedule predicts 12 more arrivals (homeports), with occupancy rates exceeding 85%. As a result of bookings’ data, 35 additional liners cruise ship arrivals are expected at the port of Piraeus in 2023, indicating a significant growth rate of 13%.
According to the pre-booking data, the cruise industry at the port of Piraeus has seen momentum this year, since 786 arrivals are expected, up 16% from last year. The arrivals growth rate has already exceeded pre-pandemic levels in 2022. In addition, homeport arrivals are expected to increase by approximately 5% from last year, while in 2022, homeport arrivals increased by more than 30% compared to 2019.
The Deputy Managing Director of PPA S.A. Capt. Jin Beiyuan, expressed his satisfaction with the dynamic course of the cruise in the Port of Piraeus, indicating that it is the result of a combination of systematic and targeted work, significant investments, upgrading, and modernization projects, and the country’s and port’s importance. PPA SA is committed to maintaining the excellent course of the cruise industry, as it benefits all involved parties, including the local community, the port municipalities, Attica, and the country as a whole.
MV Viking Sky is a cruise ship that was launched in 2016 and entered service in 2017. It was operated by Viking Ocean Cruises. Viking Sky is one of the cruise ships that were built by Fincantieri in Ancona, Italy, for Viking Ocean Cruises. In 2019, it’s one of the five sister ships in operation (Viking Star, Viking Sea, Viking Sun, Viking Orion, and Viking Jupiter), one under construction (Viking Venus), five on order (Viking Tellus, and four yet unnamed vessels) and four more planned with deliveries spanning to 2027. The ship was originally planned to set sail in 2016 as Viking Sea, but delivery was delayed until 2017.
Except for Viking Cruises, other major cruise ship operators such as MSC Cruises have shown great interest in homeporting at Piraeus. Already since 2022, MSC Lirica was using Piraeus Port as homeport for her 7-night cruise in the East Mediterranean region calling Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and of course the Greek islands.