PORT OF VATHI
The Municipality of Vathy has one of the safest ports of Greece,
due to the comparative advantage of its site of construction. The port
is built in the homonymous lee bay and is considered as a National Port.
The obtuse angled wharf of more than 150 meters length, has the capacity
of hosting at all its sides more than 5 ships at the same time, such as
passenger-car ferries -freighters, tankers, pleasure and tourist vessels,
yachts, fishing boats and sailing boats. The blockouts of the port
include modern facilities which host the Harbour�s Master Office of
Samos, the reception hall of the Customs for visitors from countries out
of the European zone, the arrivals and departures terminal as well as
the services of Samos Port Authorities.
During the last years, a new Commercial Port is being constructed in
Samos, thanks to national and EU sums, in the area of Malagari, in order
to relieve the congestion at the central coast road, Themistoklis
Sofoulis Ave., especially during the summer season.
At the dock of Vathy bay and along its breakwater, there is the proper
infrastructure for hosting more than 80 pleasure sailing vessels and
yachts, with water and electricity supply throughout the day. At the end
of the coastal zone, opposite the National Bank, there is a fishing
boats shelter which can host more than 50 fishing boats.
Vathy�s port facilities include the installations of Nautical Club of
Samos, whose activities include open sea sailing. According to the
decision of the North Aegean District, there is a budget for the
construction of the International Sailing Center, within the framework
of the works for the 2004 Olympic Games, of 600.000 � total cost.
The port of Samos in Vathy, being a national port and the port of the
capital of Samos Prefecture, has become a pole of tourist attraction
during the last decades and a node which connects Samos with ports of
the Greek mainland and the Greek islands. Thereby, Samos is daily
connected, with conventional or high speed ferries, with the ports of
Icaria, Cyclades and Peraius, three times a week connected with the port
of Chios and from November 1st with the port of Mytiline. It is also
connected with all the islands of the North Aegean and the Dodecanese
islands once a week through the shipping route from Alexandroupoli to
Rhodes, which is subsidized by the Ministry of the Aegean. Furthermore,
during the summer season there is a direct connection with Thessaloniki
in order to serve the hundreds of Samians as well as the friends of the
Macedonian capital. Finally, Samos is connected on a daily basis more or
less thoughout the year with the port of Kousadasi in Turkey with 2
Greek and 2 Turkish boats, enabling visitors to admire the ancient
monuments of Efesus.