No Tension Here: Greece, Turkey Launch Ferry Service Linking Ports

October 11, 2022

THESSALONIKI – Their countries are often at a near-conflict point over rights to the seas and other disputes, but Greece and Turkey put all that aside to inaugurate a ‘friendship line’ ferry between Thessaloniki and the seaside town of Izmir in western Turkey.

The Greek-based shipping company Levante Ferries announced the MV Smyrna di Levante vessel started passenger and freight services between the two countries on Oct. 7, an ironic name given that Smyrna was the-then Greek city burned and seized in 1922 when Turkey defeated Greece in war.

The Thessaloniki-Izmir ferry line marks the first direct maritime link between mainland Greece and Turkey, although there are direct links between some Greek islands in the Aegean and Turkish ports, noted Turkey’s pro-government newspaper The Daily Sabah in a report. The ship’s test voyage was from Thessaloniki with 119 passengers.


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