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Grimaldi Group Interested in the Privatization of the Port of Igoumenitsa

Grimaldi Group revealed to Ferry Shipping News its interest to take over the Greek port of Igoumenitsa.

As of today, Grimaldi Lines and also Minoan Lines offer maritime links between this port and the Italian ports of Brindisi, Ancona and Venice.

The interest of the Italian group Grimaldi for the Port of Igoumenitsa was officially confirmed by the head of the group, Mr. Emanuele Grimaldi, during his recent visit in Athens, on the occasion of the introduction of KYDON PALACE on the Piraeus-Chania line.

Mr. Grimaldi had the opportunity to meet in person with the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Mr. Giannis Plakiotakis, in whom he expressed his interest to participate in the international tender that will be announced soon by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), since among the activities of the Italian group is also the port facility management.

The HRADF is expected to announce the tenders for the ports of Alexandroupolis, Kavala (Philip II pier) and Igoumenitsa in the near future. For the first two ports there has been a strong American interest, while for the port of Igoumenitsa there is a clear interest from the Grimaldi group as it connects Greece with Italy.

In a short-term period also the HRADF is expected to announce tender for the port of Heraklion, which is also the headquarters of Minoan Lines, a subsidiary of the Italian group.

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In passenger and freight volumes, the port of Igoumenitsa is one of Greece’s most important Western Balkan gateways, playing a key role in the development of domestic and international freight. FSN met with Mr Athanasios Porfiris, the new CEO, and had a constructive conversation about his vision and plans, the potential and the future of the significant Western Port of Greece.

European Commission Approves €47 Million Public Support For Greek Port Of Igoumenitsa

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The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Greece’s plans to grant €47.3 million of public support for the construction of a new quay in the port of Igoumenitsa.

The aim of the project is to decrease congestion, harmful emissions and the risk of accidents, by relocating the port’s international activities to a new quay situated out of the city of Igoumenitsa.

The Commission assessed the measure under EU State aid rules. It found that the public support was proportionate and necessary for the implementation of the investment. Furthermore, the Commission considered that Igoumenitsa, while being a relatively small port with limited transport volumes at EU level, is part of the core trans-European transport network (TEN-T).