Norwegian-flagged Viking Sky, the first cruise ship of 2023 in Türkiye, has docked in the Aegean province of Aydın's Kuşadası district.
While some of the tourists disembarked from the ship docking at Ege Port, some took part in tours and visited historical sites such as the Ancient City of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary.
If the backlog is not cleared soon those ships may start looking for alternative ports outside Europe to offload their cargo
The Port of Rafina, the second largest in the country in terms of passenger traffic, after Piraeus, is also, together with Piraeus, the port that secured financing from European funds to create electrification infrastructure for passenger ships.
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A cooperation agreement was signed by two major ports in the country, the ports of Thessaloniki and Patras. As announced in the context of the International Exhibition Posidonia 2022, The Thessaloniki and Patras Port Authorities signed a memorandum of cooperation, with the main goal of creating synergies of high added value for both organizations.