PROGRAMMING OF PROJECTS AND STUDIES At this time in the Heraklion port area a series of important projects are programmed aiming at the improvement and expansion of the port. Specifically,studies are being done or programmed which are conducted by private companies or people of our public services.
A. STUDIES 1) Study for the development of the port.It is a study with technical- financial and organisational purpose that aims at studying the possibilities of developments of the port and the proper way for its organisation and functioning in the future. 2) Study for the construction of a new runway at the airport of Heraklion. It involves the airport of Heraklion,which will have a new runway for landings and take-offs that will relieve the already very busy airport of but,indirectly,the port of Heraklion as well,since the new under construction runway (it has been named "slanted" because of its position in relation to the coast) will be built for the most part inside the sea and will function as a new buffer and will give the port a new additional port basin and approximately 1500 meters of new dock. 3) Study for the construction of fishing ports on the little island that is located opposite Heraklion and in other seaside areas of the precinct (Linoperamata,Kokinos Pyrgos,Arvi,etc.). 4) Study for the construction of a new passenger station that is about the building of a new passenger station for the convenience of the tourists who pass from Heraklion port, with an estimated cost of 1 bn drachmae (it is already sponsored by the INTEREG II). 5) Study for the rearrangement of an old building that is about an old five floor building that was used as a refrigerator and is at a very vital point of the port,into a modern building of shops,offices and recreational installations (estimated cost 1 bn drachmae). B. PROJECTS 1) Construction of a station for passengers arriving from abroad of an estimated cost of 1bn drachmae.It is about a very modern passenger station,according to specific studies that has already been under the sponsorship of INTEREG II and will be auctioned soon. 2) Transformation of an existing old building totaling 4000M2 into a shopping center,with offices for touristic and shipping companies of an estimated cost of 1bn drachmae. This building is located in a central place of the port ,from where there will be surveillance and visual contact with every part of the port. There is already a ready study and we are going towards the final step of auctioning. 3) Electrical illumination with 35m illuminating pylons for illuminating the places of work in all parts of the port and a telephone network. 4) Construction of a marina of 250 places within the existing port which, in combination with the above mentioned building (no.2),will create an important point of function and exploitation.