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Dubai Ports And Maersk Eye Alexandroupolis Port

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There is growing evidence that the Greek government will proceed to the privatisation of regional ports, especially those in the north of the country. This scenario is considered so credible by business circles that Dubai Ports and Maersk, two leading port operators, expressed their interest in the event of a possible tender for Alexandroupolis port.

 

Furthermore, sources said that Maersk has submitted to the competent ministries a proposal in writing for the development of Volos and Kavala ports.

 

Sources in the shipping industry say that the northern Greek ports can be used as hubs for the commerce of fuel towards the Balkans. The finance and merchant marine ministries have also been contacted by Greek oil companies who are interested in these ports.

 

For the time being, the government has not officially confirmed a second wave of port privatisations.

 

The government is in any case satisfied by developments and will take no hasty decisions, focusing on the ongoing privatisation of Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports. Hutchison and Cosco have to take over the container wharfs in 2009.

 

New wharfs are being built in Patras and in Alexandroupolis. The new container terminal in Patras will have a capacity of 220,000 teus annually and will be ready in 2010. In Alexandroupolis, the port is being deepened.

Stelios Kraloglou

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