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Faliro's Cruise Port Plan Draws Fire

krouaziera_573_355Greece is planning to develop a new port for cruise ships between the Peace and Friendship Stadium and the Faliro Delta, not far from the main port of Piraeus, according to the Minister of Development’s Special Secretary for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), Nikolaos Mantzoufas.
Deputy Minister of Development Notis Mitarakis revealed during his speech at The Economist conference that in the next weeks the notice of the construction work of new cruise port in Attica will proceed through the PPPs.
The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) though said it has received complaints from sailing clubs who use the area and cited that it’s a sporting venue for yacht clubs and young people and shouldn’t be covered over with concrete to benefit huge cruise ships and big companies.
The Mayor of Piraeus, Vasilis Michaloliakos,  recently pointed out in a letter to the Secretary General of Ports and Ports Policy, Costas Moutzouris that, “Piraeus was, is and will be over time a point of reference for Maritime and Cruise in particular.” He added: “I want to believe that the government does not intend to create trouble, as the Municipality of Piraeus’ and PPA’s positions on the harbor’s development, accompanied with a series of infrastructures are known.”
The Organization for Planning and Environmental Protection of Athens refers in its project for the Strategic Plan for Athens/Attica 2021 that the only small-sized additional cruise space could be created in Lavrio under certain conditions but that could in any case be done in Faliro Bay.
According to sources from the cruise ship terminal, Akti Miaouli in Piraeus, a large US company is making exploratory contacts as it has expressed great interest in this project. The sources add that the new port’s construction shall have a complementary and not competitive role towards the Piraeus port.
As reported by market participants, the Piraeus port has exhausted its possibilities, as the appropriate road infrastructure so that thousands of tourists’ and passengers’ transports could be absorbed on a daily basis does not exist.

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