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 Evripos Canal (Khalkis/Chalcis) - Profile

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Between Euboea (Evia) Island and mainland Greece, the Khalkis bridge only opens at slack tide or when ships can pass with a following tide, as there is a very strong current at other times.

The bridge opens from 2200 to 0400 every day except the first Friday night of the month. Go to the Port Authority between 1600 and 2000 to pay the fee and get your scheduled time. If necessary, contact the Port Authority (Tel: 22210 28888) for information.

The town of Khalkis is the capital of Evia and its waterfront an attractive area. Evia is a beautiful island and well worth a visit by car if you are stuck waiting and seek some alternative to sailing.

The latest cruiser reports on the Evia Channel and the Khalkis Bridge can be found here and by looking at the comments at the bottom of the page.

Position 38°24.03'N, 23°38.18'E (southern approach to Chalcis)

Clearance

There is now a Website.  This is for the marinas and ports on the whole of Evia, which now has an island-wide computer system.

http://olne.gr/en/

Procedures for paying / transiting the bridge.

The payment is made in an office on the left hand side of the Commercial Port entrance which is about 200 metres south of the bridge on the Evia side. (North end of Point C on the website).  There is a large 'roundabout' (traffic circle) immediately south of the bridge and you simply follow the quayside south until you are in front of a security gate with a security guard.  He will direct you to the office opposite his hut.  You will need your Registration document.

Once you've paid you will be directed to the Port Police office (see paragraph below). You will need your Registration document, Insurance and DEKPA.

You will be told via VHF ch 12 at what time to standby for your passage through the bridge. It is likely to be from 21:00 onward. The Port Police give two calls by vessel name, first to give you time to single up, second to slip and proceed.  It is all well organised.

North to South Transit - a caution.

The southern section of the quayside is littered with dingy moorings and laid lines reducing the available quayside and introducing floating hazards.

There are few bollards on the quay, mostly on the northern section and only small mooring rings to the south.

The quay itself has an underwater projection, a shelf or a step, just below the waterline in places.   It is of ideal dimensions to give concerns for the turn of your bilge, although depths alongside are in the region of 3 metres.

The quay side ladders project from the quay face.   You need to be well fendered.

The photos (from Chris Thorn) are of the south section of the quay looking north and south showing the small moored dinghies/boats.


The Port Police office is on the southeast side of the bridge on Evia itself. Go straight ahead after crossing the bridge on foot, past a large blue "Parking" sign. The Port Police building is about 50 meters up on the right side, but the entrance is hard to find because it is up a small, unlikely looking alley just before you get to the building. This may change once all the surrounding building work is completed.

Most cruising boats pay 29€. This includes the additional charge of 25% for night-time passage (yachts are only allowed through at night). There is an additional surcharge of 75% for passage on a Sunday or holiday.

When transiting the bridge South to North it makes sense to anchor under the fort (10m Good Holding) and dinghy into the port police. Alternatively, it may be possible tie up to the quay, pay and then go and anchor.

Mooring and Evripos Crossing Fees Office working hours are Monday to Friday 08.00 - 22.00 and Saturday - Sunday 18.00 - 22.00.

Last updated July 2017.

Docking

There is now a Website.  This is for the marinas and ports on the whole of Evia, which now has an island-wide computer system.

http://olne.gr/en/

It is also possible to buy a card giving access to the new water and electrcity pedestals located at various anchorages around the island.

The small harbour of Halkoutsi can accommodate yachts drawing no more than 1.5m. Oropos, the mainland ferry terminal for Eritrea, is the closest location with port police.

There is an anchorage south of the bridge under the fort with good holding in clay. Take the dinghy ashore on the jetty north of the bridge on the west side. NOTE: there is about a 2.5ft tidal range here at springs.

There is now also a yacht harbour (Tel: 22210 63121) here with water and electricity. It is in the bight south of the bridge, close to the yacht club at Vourkari Cove. Med moor with lazy lines. It is reported to be shallow here.

There are good shops ashore and water on the quay.
NOTE: It has been reported that there are a large number of rats about in this area.

It is not so clear where to stop on the north side of the bridge to go through the formalities when passing through south. There are town docks on the east and west side of the channel before the beach and berthing for visitors is marked in red. This means no local boats should occupy these spaces. Berthing marked with no colour is for anybody. You may have to raft up. The dock on the island side has poles with water and electricity with smart-cards. These smart-cards are valid for ALL the harbours in Evia. It can be rough alongside the town docks because of the traffic and current flow.

Additional Note: The direction of the buoyage changes here - the bridge itself is the port.

Boatyards

There are two adjacent boatyards less than 1 mile west of Halkoutsi, on the west side of Agkistri Point. See Boatyards for more information.

Last updated July 2017.

Cierzo
Cierzo says:
Jun 04, 2017 11:40 AM

"Southbound traffic transits first." This is not correct and hasn't been for at least a decade. The initial direction is set by any large ships which wish to transit: they're not going to keep them hanging about. But there's no ambiguity: all skippers are briefed beforehand, and then updated by radio before transit.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 21, 2015 01:53 PM

Posted on behalf of SY Funny Girl - 9 July, 2015:
I just get the information that since the first of July the bridge price has doubled.
It is now 36 € for a 12 metre boat and at the weekend 75% higher!

TwoDrifters
TwoDrifters says:
May 11, 2015 08:16 AM

If you are looking for anchorages in the Evia Channel DO NOT consider Nisos Stira's anchorage on the East coast. The pilot and charts suggest 5-10m depth, we found this only with yards of the rocks. Everywhere else was 25 - 35m deep.

TwoDrifters
TwoDrifters says:
May 11, 2015 08:13 AM

When transiting the bridge South to North it makes sense to anchor under the fort (10m Good Holding) and dinghy into the port police, but watch the tied through the gap. Alternatively tie up on the quay, pay and then go and anchor. South bound traffic goes through the bridge first and boats on the quay get a lot of wash from fishing boats coming through. Additionally boats at anchor will be ready to go through the bridge before boats on the quay who have to wait for the traffic to pass before leaving the quay.

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