The ferry route between the Greek port of Lavrio, in southeastern Attica, and the Turkish port of Cesme on the Aegean Sea is expected to begin its service in mid-June, it was announced on Wednesday.
Izmir-based company Aegeanseaways will manage the 191-meters ferry, which was built in 1989 and is leased from a Ukrainian company.
The ship is certified by Lloyd's Register, can carry cars, trucks and containers and features a heliport, a gym, a kindergarten and a casino.
The Lavrio-Cesme journey is seven hours long non-stop, and is predicted to greatly reduce transit times from Europe to Turkey for travellers and goods.
The boat will leave at 10 p.m. from Lavrio and arrive in Turkey at 6 a.m. the next day and vice versa.
The Aegeanseaways' Chairman is Bulent Ipek, and the will be represented in Greece by Stefmar LTD-International Forwarders & Maritime Co., headed by Stefanos Karakanis.