Santorini Island is one of Greece’s most popular tourist destinations in the Aegean sea, believed to be close to the legendary city of Atlantis. Athinios, the island’s only port, has recently suffered operational problems, necessitating extensive rebuilding.
Like many ports on Mediterranean islands, Athinios is small and struggling to cope with the heavy traffic of Santorini’s thriving tourist industry. The EUR 8.4 million rebuilding project, awarded to construction company Eretvo S.A., must therefore be carried out at different stages to ensure the facility can be operational at all times. To ensure minimal disruption, submerged caisson technology is being used for the new quay, using ready-mix concrete provided by Lafargeholcim’s Greek subsidiary HERACLES.