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Following the creation of the first dry port in Sofia, Bulgaria and in the context of improving the connectivity of the Port of Thessaloniki, the first train from the Port of Thessaloniki to the dry port in Sofia, Bulgaria departed this morning, Friday, 27th of November 2020. The itinerary with a total duration of 16 hours, is the beginning of the pilot phase of this service, which will last until mid-January 2021 and during which the connection and the various services provided will be refined to perfection. Weekly departures and arrivals will follow between Thessaloniki Port and the Dry Port in Sofia, in fixed dates and hours, offering stability and efficiency to the market.

The Managing Director – CEO of ThPA S.A. Franco Nicola Cupolo, stated: “Port of Thessaloniki is committed to developing the strategic Intermodal Rail connection in the Balkans beginning today with direct rail connectivity to Sofia, Bulgaria ThPA S.A. Dry Port with reliable and efficient service, itineraries and costs. The regular connection on a weekly basis between the port of Thessaloniki and the Dry Port in Sofia, will increase the competitiveness of the port and will contribute significantly to the Local, National and South-Eastern European economy, by strengthening the import and export activity".

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ISTEN – Integrated and Sustainable Transport in Efficient Network, project funded by the Transnational Cooperation Programme Interreg ADRION 2014-2020 in which Thessaloniki Port Authority SA is a partner comes to an end in November 2020.

We are pleased to invite you to its final event, which will take place online (GoToMeeting) next Wednesday, November 25 2020, to share with all interested stakeholders the results achieved by the project towards a very ambitious goal: make port-hinterland logistics more and more coordinated and efficient.

In the first part, a roundtable is foreseen to engage representatives from the European Commission, DG Regional and Urban Policy, the ADRION Programme and 8 EU projects in a discussion on the common challenges and possible solutions concerning logistic platformsintermodal transport and territorial cooperation.


A specific focus on the ISTEN project’s contribution follows, enriched by key speakers’ insights on the role of EU strategies and funds to support intermodality in the next programming period 2021-2027.

You will find attached the complete agenda of the event, which will be streaming at the following link:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/480751349

If interested, you are kindly invited to register by filling in the following online form

 

 


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ThPA S.A., continues to actively support the National Health System, during this particularly critical situation, proceeding with a new donation of 150.000€ to the University General Hospital of Thessaloniki "AHEPA", a reference hospital for the COVID-19. The new donation follows ThPA S.A. previous donation provided to cover needs of medical equipment with a value of 300.000€, during the first wave of the pandemic.
Recognizing the major effort made by the relevant ministries, institutions and especially the healthcare staff of the country, ThPA S.A., in coordination with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy and with a sense of solidarity and responsibility, continues to actively assist in meeting the emergencies of society as a whole, to protect public health and to tackle and combat the spread of COVID-19.

A working meeting took place yesterday, Thursday, 12th of November 2020 between the General Police Director of Thessaloniki, Police Major General Lazaros Mavropoulos and the Executive Chairman of the BoD of ThPA S.A. Athanasios Liagkos. During the meeting, issues that promote the public and social interest including the management and response to the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, were discussed.

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ThPA S.A. announces that, in the context of the implementation of its strategy for the further development of the Port of Thessaloniki and the enhancement of its role as a Gateway for the wider region, the establishment of a subsidiary based in Sofia, Bulgaria and named "ThPA Sofia Ead" was completed today, Thursday, 12th of November 2020. ThPA Sofia Ead shall expand the hinterland and improve the connectivity of the Port of Thessaloniki. The intermodal terminal (dry port) based in Iliyantsi, Sofia will be linked by train directly to the Port of Thessaloniki, providing competitive transit times and costs. The new dry port aims to become an important trade hub and a modern development center, which will be linked by train with a range of dry ports in South-Eastern, Eastern and Central Europe, playing a decisive role in strengthening the export activities of a wide range of businesses.

The Executive Chairman of the BoD of ThPA S.A. Athanasios Liagkos, stated: “ThPA S.A. continues to implement its strategy consistently and at a rapid pace. The dry port in Sofia is indeed a particularly important historical as well as development milestone for the Port of Thessaloniki. It is the first dry port from a series of similar ones that we will create in the wider Balkan region. Our goal is none other than the development and offering of reliable, modern and competitive intermodal services to our customers and the important contribution of our Company in shaping the conditions for the growth of our country”.