The Port of Thessaloniki (Greek: Λιμάνι της Θεσσαλονίκης) is one of the largest Greek seaports and one of the largest ports in the Aegean Sea basin, with a total annual traffic capacity of 16 million tonnes (7 million tonnes dry bulk and 9 million tonnes liquid bulk). As a free port, it also functions as a major gateway for the Balkan hinterland and southeastern Europe.

Port of Thessaloniki
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CountryFlag of Greece.svg Greece
LocationFlag of Thessaloniki.svg Thessaloniki
Operated byThessaloniki Port Authority (AthexOLTH)
Owned bySouth Europe Gateway Thessaloniki Ltd (67%)[1]
Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH – 47%
Terminal Link SAS – 33%
Belterra Investments Ltd – 20%

HRADF (7.27%)[2]
Other Shareholders (25.73%)[3]
Type of harborNatural/Artificial
Size155 ha (1.55 sq km)
Employees2,200[4] (2014)
General managerSotirios Theofanis
Vessel arrivals 3,064 vessels (2014)[5]
Annual cargo tonnage 18,127,224 tonnes (2010)[5]
Annual container volume 293,282 TEU's (2014)[5]
Passenger traffic 180,755 people (2010)[5]
Annual revenueIncrease€54.23 million (2017)[6]
Net incomeDecrease€7.335 million (2017)[7]
The Customs House, now passenger terminal, in the early 1900s.
The port today.

The Port of Thessaloniki also contains the second largest container port in Greece, after the Port of Piraeus.



In 2007 the Port of Thessaloniki handled 14,373,245 tonnes of cargo and 222,824 TEU's, making it one of the busiest cargo ports in Greece and the second largest container port in the country.

General statistics between 2007 and 2008 (in tonnes)[8]
Years 2007 2008
Cement 871,936 810,311
Liquid bulk 7,618,622 7,347,922
Dry bulk 7,740,920 6,215,012
Containers (TEU's) 408,212 222,824
Total 16,231,478 14,373,245


Container terminalEdit

The port's container terminal has a storage area of 350,000 m2 and a storage capacity of 4,696 TEU's in ground slots.[9]

The container terminal is currently being expanded by 36 hectares, following an investment of around US$600 million by the Hong Kong-based company, Hutchison Port Holdings.[10] The Hong Kong-based company won the tender after surpassing a first offer made by COSCO Pacific, which offered around US$500 million for the development of the container terminal. In 2009 Hutchinson didn't find the money to pay for the concession of the port and so they lost it.[citation needed]

Cargo terminalEdit

The cargo terminal has a total storage area of 1,000,000 m2 and specializes in the handling of wide cargo that ranges from metal products, ore, chemical products (chloroform, asphalt, chemicals, mineral oils), general cargoes, timber, bulk cargoes and food products.[11] The terminal also serves as a major transshipment hub in the AegeanBlack Sea area being used by other Balkan countries such as Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.

Oil and gas terminalEdit

The oil and gas terminal has a total storage capacity of 500,000 m3[12] and an annual traffic capacity of 9,000,000 tonnes per year.

Passenger terminalEdit

The main building of the passenger terminal

The Port of Thessaloniki has one of the largest passenger terminals in the Aegean Sea basin. The passenger terminal handled around 162,731 passengers in 2007,[13] and it is recently being upgraded, as Thessaloniki is also slowly turning into a major tourist port for cruising in the eastern Mediterranean.


View of Vardaris area

In the area above the port, traditionally called "Vardaris" (and "Varonou Hirs", Baron Hirsch, a quarter of the area), the Holocaust Museum of Greece, among others, is being constructed. The old railway station, from where the Jews of the city were deported to Auschwitz concentration camp, was located in this area and the museum is being constructed on land leased by the Hellenic Railways Organisation. The Municipality of Thessaloniki also wants to create a Metropolitan Park, a Memorial Park and a Jewish school in the same area.[14]


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  3. ^ "Invitation to submit an expression of interest for the acquisition of a majority stake in the share capital of Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A." (PDF). Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. ^ Port of Thessaloniki number of employees
  5. ^ a b c d "Statistical Data 2010" (PDF). Thessaloniki Port Authority. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  6. ^ file:///C:/Users/Dimitris/Pictures/Downloads/aok31122017en.pdf
  7. ^ file:///C:/Users/Dimitris/Pictures/Downloads/aok31122017en.pdf
  8. ^ Official figures
  9. ^ Container terminal
  10. ^ HPH preferred bidder for the Port of Thessaloniki Archived 2010-09-22 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Cargo terminal
  12. ^ Oil and gas terminal storage capacity
  13. ^ Port of Thessaloniki passenger terminal Archived 2015-10-03 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Kar., A. (12 June 2018). "Για τη δημιουργία δύο πάρκων στο χώρο του Μουσείου Ολοκαυτώματος συζήτησαν Γ.Μπουτάρης -Κ.Νοτοπούλου". (in Greek). Athenian-Macedonian News Agency.

Coordinates: 40°38′10″N 22°55′19″E / 40.636°N 22.922°E / 40.636; 22.922