Volissos Port - Chios Island

The port of Volissos is one of the secondary ports of Chios Island. It serves the connection between the west side of Chios and the small island of Psara, acting as a supplement to the main port. In addition, the port facilities of Volissos operate as a shelter for the local fishing fleet, because of the fact that there is no other port along the west coast to afford moderate protection.

In the future, the number of passengers visiting Psara is expected to increase. This will result in commissioning longer ferries which cannot be served by existing facilities. The provided land area is insufficient, quay walls suffer of significant damage, the windward mole stayed unfinished and it does not effectively protect the basin and, at last, the access road is quite narrow to channel the traffic.

In light of these needs and problems, the former Municipality of Amani decided to improve the existing facilities. In 2000, it contracted the consulting partnership offices led by Albert Paul Yamin, the design of the expansion and general upgrade of the existing port. The study was successfully completed in 2004.

Project facts:

• Construction Cost: 11,738,810 €
• 195m new quay walls and 10,750m2 additional land area to serve two (2) ferries up to 150m long
• New rubble–mound windward mole 302.5m long for the protection of the basin
• Widening of access road