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Piraeus Port Authority Denies Absence Of Environmental Licences

Piraeus Port Authority denies absence of environmental licences

Source: COSCO Shipping Ports Ltd
Piraeus, Greece (PortSEurope) May 12, 2020 – Piraeus Port Authority SA (PPA) has issued a press release in response to other press articles alleging licensing deficiencies in the PPA investment plan. PPA is operated by China’s COSCO Shipping Ports Limited. The PPA press release says that the company is strictly applying the laws of Greece and the EU, as well as the provisions for listed
companies. Residents of Piraeus have protested against a development of six cruise ship piers so close to the urban centre of Piraeus on environmental grounds, saying there is no licence for dredging and the disposal of the resulting sediment. The project is supported by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) produced by ESAL (Port Design and Development Committee). The allegation concerns the Cruise Terminal Expansion Project, a mandatory investment of €103 million ($111.4 million), and PPA says that it has obtained all licenses and approvals from the required authorities of the Greek government and the Attica Region, which provide co-financing, and the European Commission. Specifically, the project has required environment licenses, on the basis of the decisions of the Ministry of Environment & Energy issued in 2013 and 2018. The notification to the authorities (Coast Guard, Hydrographic Service, Lighthouse Service) includes the necessary licenses concerning dredging on the basis of the existing environmental licensing. It is noted that for the approval of the Environmental Impact Studies, laboratory tests carried out by the National Technical University of Athens on sediments samples collected from the project area and after being examined, they were described as inactive and non-hazardous materials. In implementation of the environmental licensing of the project, the Coast Guard issued the decision to approve the disposal of sediments in a specific sea area that was determined by the Greek Navy. The works are continuing on target, sufficient for its stability during the winter season, and to be completed before the end of the summer season. The project has an implementation schedule of 32 months. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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