The Greek ferryboat company, along with the South Aegean regional authority and other partners, including DEPA, the Public Gas Corporation, got the European Union approval to participate in the Archipelago-LNG program (“Sustainable Maritime Transport with LNG between the Greek mainland and islands in the Archipelagos”) for the use and supply of LNG in Greek waters.
The Archipelago-LNG program will offer EU support for LNG development in the sector, within the framework of ΤΕΝ-Τ 2014. The EU will fund half of the program’s total budget (at 1,146.180 euros) through to 31 December 2015, reported news agency ANSA.
Besides offering support to ANEK Lines for LNG conversion work on the company’s fleet, the program also includes the generation of work activity in Greece’s ship building and repairs sector, reduction of sea transportation costs, improved accessibility to the Greek islands and the benefits entailed for the country’s tourism industry and local communities, as well as improved environmental conditions for the Aegean Sea.
Moreover, it will contribute to the development coastal and maritime transport in the eastern Mediterranean.