COSCO agrees with creation of Underwater Antiquities Museum in Piraeus, says Culture ministry

The creation of a Museum of Underwater Antiquities at the site of an old warehouse in Piraeus port (OLP) has been agreed on by both Greece and China, the ministry of culture said in a press release on Wednesday.

The statement concerns press reports slamming the ministry’s decision to revoke the concession of the old grain silos to COSCO -whose management was passed on to the Chinese company along with the concession agreement for the Piraeus Port Authority- saying it is questioning the privatization agreement.

“It is hard to understand how the same voices attacking the Ministry of Culture and Sports for delaying the construction of the museum are the same ones trying to distort this ministry initiative as a disincentive to investment projects,” the ministry said.

“The creation of a Museum of Underwater Antiquities at the silo in Piraeus is a common goal and intention of the Greek and Chinese side. In recent discussions during the Greece-Chine Year […] the creation of a museum that will offer additional value to the economic-touristic and commercial activity of the area was planned, which will highlight both cultures,” it added.