Sea-bridge for ro-ro trade from Turkey to Italy
A new upcoming line, supporting Greece links to Ancona, Bari and Venice, will connect Izmir to Lavrion
A new sea-bridge committed to rolling cargo trade (cars, trucks and trailers) will be connecting Turkey, Greece and Italy across the Adriatic and the Aegean Sea.
As from June 2nd Aegean Seaways will launch a new regular service from Lavrion, 60 km far from Athens, to Izmir, third most populated town in Turkey, and major industrial area of the Country.
The unprecedented line, particularly for the vicinity Lavrion - Igoumenitsa (523 km; 4 hrs) and Lavrion - Patras (266 km; 2 ½ hrs), will provide a regular connection to/from Bari, Ancona and Venice served by Grimaldi, Superfast and Anek, competing with UN Ro-Ro (DFDS) lines from Turkey to Trieste.
While announcing the new line's launching, Bülent Ipek, President of Aegean Seaways shipowning group of Istanbul, pinpointed this is a particularly remarkable step to reduce road congestion and foster trade to Italy and beyond.
Transit time from Izmir to Lavrion will take 7 hours and the service will be hosting rolling cargo and passengers as much as the other Patras-Igoumenitsa lines to Italian-Adriatic ports.
The name of the ship serving the new link is still unknown, however she'll be capable to board 1,200 passengers, 300 vehicles and 40 trucks.