Greek Government Eyeing Private Partnership Deals For Development Of 10 Ports

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Greece is aiming to develop 10 ports belonging to the country’s assets fund (TAIPED) through public-private partnerships (PPPs), said Secretary-General for Port Policy and Maritime Investment Christos Lambridis during a press event in Patras.

The Hellenic Republic’s portfolio includes 10 ports in the form of sociétés anonymes, namely the ports of Volos, Rafina, Igoumenitsa, Patras, Alexandroupolis, Heraklion, Elefsina, Lavrion, Corfu and Kavala.

Photo Source: Patras Port Authority


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  • Polferries had to inform its passengers that the chartered NOVA STAR would not be on time. In March the unit went to the Gdansk Shiprepair Yard, and the vessel should have been ready end of June. It is unclear what the problem is, but the delay is causing trouble in the busy tourist season. New start date is 21 July.
  • DFDS had to suspend crossings between Newhaven and Dieppe on Monday 9 July and cancelled the first service on Tuesday 10 July. The reason was a problem with the ramp in Newhaven.
  • Western Ferries are to upgrade their linkspan at Hunter’s Quay. Western Ferries is a privately owned company which has operated the short 20 minute ferry crossing between Hunter’s Quay (Dunoon) and McInroy’s Point (Gourock) across the Firth of Clyde (Scotand) since 1973.


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Damen To Build Five Electric Ferries For Arriva Danmark

Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with multinational public transport company Arriva Danmark for five fully-electric ferries, known as the Damen Ferry 2306 E3.

Damen E3 vessels are designed with the philosophy of being environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable.

On the contract signing photo attached from left to right:

Johan Spiegelenberg (Category Manager Bus), Jens Boe Jacobsen (Business Development Director), Torben Hansen (Director Bus of Arriva Danmark), Martin Verstraaten (Sales Manager North, West and South EU, Damen), Arnout Damen (Chief Commercial Officer, Damen), Frank de Lange (Sales Director North, West and South EU, Damen).