Ports end­ing up with more ex­ecs than staff

Kathimerini English - - Focus - BY ILIAS BELLOS

Gov­ern­ment ap­point­ments made over the past year or so at the gov­ern­ing boards of ports have led to sev­eral in­stances of ports hav­ing more ex­ec­u­tives than they do em­ploy­ees.

Many of the so-called re­gional ports “of in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est” ac­tu­ally are in need of spe­cial­ized per­son­nel. “What they cer­tainly do not need is gov­ern­ing boards with so many mem­bers that match or even out­num­ber those of the Pi­raeus Port Author­ity board, and even of in­ter­na­tional gi­ants such as the Ham­burg Port Author­ity,” said one ship­ping source.

The port author­ity of Pi­raeus, Greece’s big­gest port, now has nine board mem­bers and over 1,100 em­ploy­ees. The Corfu Port Author­ity and the Lavrio Port Author­ity, mean­while, have the same num­ber of ex­ec­u­tives even though they have a staff of just eight and seven peo­ple re­spec­tively.

Greek port in­dus­try in­sid­ers warn that this de­vel­op­ment is threat­en­ing the fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity of port au­thor­i­ties achieved in pre­vi­ous years with a lot of ef­fort, as well as their growth prospects.

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