The Agioritikes Grammes shipping company has had to launch a new boat to take pilgrims to Holy Mount Athos from Ouranoupolis as the number of pilgrims continues to grow, orthochristian reports.
The company’s ninth ship heading to the Daphne port on Mt. Athos from Ouranoupolis has a capacity for 500 passengers and trucks, company president Riginos Tsanos told.
The new boat “is called the Panagia Guarantor and it expresses our desire to guarantee the pilgrims and monks to be transported to Mt. Athos,” said Tsanos, whose company has been active in the area for 12 years.
The pilgrims who visit Mount Athos exceed 250,000, as he said, and there is an increase in traffic and trucks (about 10,000) due to the needs of the monasteries’ restorations and the works being done.
“In recent years we have seen a significant increase in pilgrims, not only of people coming from different parts of Greece but also from abroad. For this reason and with respect to the Holy Community and to the trust that the Holy Fathers have shown us, the company and the group are constantly upgrading their transportation to Mount Athos,” Tsanos said.
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