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The active role of Greece in South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region

by Grigoris Zarotiadis, Dean of the Economics and Political Sciences School Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   The School of Political and Economic Sciences was one of the first academic units of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Established in 1928–9, it now opens its doors to the international academic community The internationalization of Greek universities is a national goal. On the one hand, due to the economic benefits that arise, but mostly because it is believed it will help Hellenism respond [...]

July 10th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Electric ferries: an idea that could work

by Dimitrios V. Lyridis, Director of the Laboratory for Maritime Transport School , National Technical University of Athens Greece boasts one of the longest coastlines in the world and about 6,000 islands. Short distance shipping (SSS) is essential for movement of cargo and passengers to and from the mainland. SSS represents more than 70% of goods transported by sea in Greece. Yet, the industry of short sea shipping struggles financially and green transition is seen as one more burden to [...]

July 2nd, 2022|Greek Business File|

Advent: With the power of methanol

Interview by Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Chairman and CEO, Advent Technologies Holdings Inc, Director and Chairman of the Board, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) to Theodora Iliadi Methanol is a cost-effective alternative fuel characterised by low emissions and is available in more than one hundred ports worldwide. Having significant cost and safety advantages, it can achieve the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) maritime emission reduction targets as it offers a reduction of more than 95% in sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate emissions [...]

June 26th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Future of shipping: Clean, but unclear

by Antonis Karamalegos The ninth largest container shipping line in the world, according to Alphaliner’s data, Yang Ming has announced it has ordered fine new 15,000 TEU container ships, which will be equipped with dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine engines. With this shipbuilding plan, the Taiwanese liner operator will become the first shipping company in its country that owns LNG-powered container vessels. Choosing to enter the LNG market, Yang Ming is taking another step to address climate change and [...]

June 20th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Russian–Ukrainian war: How will the Greek ports be affected?

by Dr. Konstantinos D. Melas, Programme Leader of Business & Economics - Metropolitan College - Post-doctoral Researcher in Supply Chain Finance - University of Western Macedonia As this article is written, the Russian invasion is still ongoing, with Odessa being the most important city under attack at Ukraine’s southern frontier. These geopolitical developments have created increased frictions in international trade, since the ports at the Black Sea have become a dangerous place for vessels, even though the region accounts for a [...]

June 13th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Towards the unification of the Balkan energy market — The role of Greece and Bulgaria

by Kerin Hope Greece will help Bulgaria, its EU partner and Balkan neighbour, maintain access to supplies of natural gas after Russia cut off deliveries to Sofia in April. A much-delayed new gas pipeline linking the two countries across Rhodope mountains in Thrace will now be completed in June as part of a broader EU-backed scheme to establish a southeast European gas hub serving the Balkan region. Gas from Azerbaijan is due to start flowing in July through the Inter-connector [...]

June 5th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Life after lignite: The example of the University of Western Macedonia

by Theodoros Theodoulidis Rector of University of Western Macedonia to Symela Touchtidou The University of Western Macedonia aspires to become the first Green University of Greece and an example of “life after lignite” The region of Western Macedonia is overwhelmed by the fact that its main source of income, lignite, will be phased out until 2028. More than 40% of the local GDP is derived from activities related to lignite power plants. Among the strategic partners who have taken up [...]

May 26th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Marina Tower of Ellinikon: “One of the greenest high-rise buildings in the world”

Interview by Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners to Symela Touchtidou Foster + Partners have taken up construction of the Marina Residential Tower at the Ellinikon, the urban regeneration project on the Athenian Riviera. Construction will begin in 2022 and it is expected to be completed in 2025. Right at the heart of the Ellinikon masterplan site, in the Agios Kosmas marina area, the Marina Residential Tower is expected to become one of Ellinikon’s architectural landmarks, the tallest [...]

May 22nd, 2022|Greek Business File|
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