OLP pon­ders ship­build­ing re­sump­tion

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ILIAS BELLOS

Pi­raeus Port Author­ity (OLP) chief ex­ec­u­tive Fu Chengqiu re­ferred yes­ter­day to the prospect of ship­build­ing re­sum­ing in Pi­raeus as well as else­where in Greece, in the con­text of a joint visit with cabi­net mem­bers to the Perama Ship Re­pair Zone.

Fu re­vealed that Cosco – the ma­jor­ity stake­holder in OLP – in­tends not only to re­vi­tal­ize and de­velop the ship re­pair in­dus­try in Greece, but also ship­build­ing, al­though he made it clear that this would be a sec­ond step in the process.

The OLP chief ex­ec­u­tive was vis­it­ing the Perama Ship Re­pair Zone with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials upon the com­ple­tion of main­te­nance works on its docks and ahead of the ar­rival of a new big float­ing dock in Novem­ber.

OLP now boasts two float­ing and two fixed docks that are fully mod­ern­ized. It is hoped that with the ar­rival of the new float­ing dock, which weighs 80,000 tons and is 240 me­ters long, the coun­try’s large fer­ries will no longer have to travel to Turkey for their an­nual main­te­nance.

Yes­ter­day’s meet­ing of the OLP man­age­ment with Ship­ping Min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Kourou­b­lis and Deputy Econ­omy Min­is­ter Ster­gios Pit­sior­las, in the pres­ence of ship­ping as­so­ci­a­tions, was aimed at pro­mot­ing the in­stal­la­tion up­grade and the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to cre­ate jobs.

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