Important international players are interested in the management of the area cruise ports of Heraklion and Corfu

Interest for the management of the area cruise ports of Heraklion and Corfu, through participation in the competitions for υποπαραχωρήσεις activities in the major Greek ports, which promotes the FUND, have expressed the international groups Carnival and TUI Cruises (a joint venture of the German group TUI and the american Royal Caribbean).

The two groups have been, reportedly, approached already involved with the competitions of the FUND. This is the well-known plan for the exploitation of the ten regional ports operate in the form of public limited liability companies, including Heraklion and Corfu.

As announced by the management of the Fund, the development will be made through υποπαραχωρήσεων activities (e.x. cruise, cargo terminal, marina etc.), without sold the port authorities, as happened in Piraeus (OLP) and Thessaloniki (THPA THPA -2,81%).

The design of the FUND has been delayed, as it has not yet completed the processing of a draft law of the Ministry of Shipping should have gone last summer.

The interest of international groups, particularly for the port of Heraklion, is associated both with the design for the new airport in Kasteli, and with the recovery in the tourist market of the Eastern Mediterranean. This is a market that has been faced with serious problems because of the well-known situations in Egypt and Turkey.

At the same information, the interested parties have a broader plan deployments (e.x. commercial activities) at the port of Heraklion, which can be the base for cruises throughout the area, due to its strategic location.

Interesting for further development of the cruise have shown from the first moment and the Chinese Cosco that control the PPA.

Yes, it is ongoing to tender for the upgrade of the pier for cruise ships amounting to eur 150 million. euro, which has been delayed due to a judicial conflict between manufacturing groups. The PPA, in accordance with recent data, it is expected that this year’s increase of 16% in arrivals for cruise ships, which will reach 605 from 524 2018.