The public consultation on the master plan of the port of Piraeus, Greece’s main port that is majority-owned by China’s COSCO Shipping, must be completed in the next 10 business days, the committee for planning and development of ports said on Tuesday.
The committee, supervised by the ministry of shipping, reiterated the deadline in the face of complaints by mayors of the greater Piraeus area (Piraeus proper, Keratsini-Drapetsona, Perama and the island of Salamina) that the original deadline was too tight.
The master plan was presented by the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) on January 22, and the committee wants the consultation process to be completed by March 7.
The PPA is not obliged to adopt any of the mayors’ proposals, but if it does, it must file an amendmed master plan or justify its rejection of any of them.
Future plans for the port include an expanded logistics cenre, tourist and infrastructure facilities and the construction of a new passenger station.
Specific development plans named for Piraeus include the extension of the south port to accomodate a total of 6 berths for modern, 350-metre-long cruiseships; the refurbishing of the “Pagoda” (a building with a curved roof) and old depot buildings into 4- and 5-star hotels; and the construction of a new hotel unit in the Porto Leone area of the port.
Also included in the plans is the construction of two five-level car parks (75,000 sq.m. each), and the change of the stone depot building into a museum of migration with a historical archive. Non-polluting buses are expected to be provided by the PPA for the public’s accomodation around the port area.
In earlier statements, Cosco had said that a new logistics control tower would promote Greece and its geographic position as a gateway and transit area for the whole East Mediterranean.