Shipping ministry preparing bill on port revamping by construction companies

Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis said he is preparing a bill to resolve problems in the infrastructure of ports and bays in Greece and called on private companies to take on the task of reconstruction in exchange for concessions.

“We are aiming for 9-10 ports to have the ability and convenience that would allow large ships to approach,” Kouroumblis said, addressing a parliamentary committee on the possibilities and the prospects of cruise tourism.

“We are determined to move forward in resolving infrastructure problems, continue with concessions and [for] infrastructure to be built by private entities. This is a great field for construction companies,” he added.

Kouroumblis also said the cruise sector has great potential as the Mediterranean is the second largest destination for tourists and Greece has many comparative advantages compared to other countries.