Volos, Greece (PortSEurope) September 14, 2017 – Volos is one of the state-owned ports which could be privatised by the state asset agency the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF/TAIPED). Minister Panagiotis Kourouplis visited the port and wants to promote the ports assets as investment opportunities.
Kourouplis said that the port of Volos would not be privatized and that its development will be through a subrogation process. The same procedure will be followed in the cruise sector, he said, and companies that invest in infrastructure will be repaid with the privileged use of port facilities. He also stated that the process of completing the waterway network is progressing steadily, so that the area of Volos with hydroplanes can also be served.
He noted that by the end of October the final provisions on the shipbuilding and repair area of Volos and other areas will have been promoted because the government considers it necessary to revitalize and develop the shipbuilding industry. This is because there is great demand for tourist boats, mainly wooden, which can be constructed in Greece, especially in Volos.
Kourouplis stressed the effort made to upgrade the infrastructure in the ports of Volos and Sporades and pledged to support the construction of a marina in Volos. He referred in particular to the upgrading of cabotage over the last two years in the Aegean, saying that the money spent in the industry once served the shipowners and now they serve society.
He added that the Ministry remains open to new proposals, will consider them and will take them into consideration in the New Year’s planning.
Minister Kourouplis said that Greece was expecting significant growth in the tourism, referring to the cruise tourism, and a new Beijing-Athens air route set to open after six years of efforts. Many of these visitors will visit the Aegean Sea and the required infrastructure needs to be in place, whilst still taking consideration of the environment.
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