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Greece hit by more port strikes

A two-day strike at Greek ports will end tomorrow morning at 0.600 hrs. The strike has brought all ships to a halt as the Greek Seamen’s Federation protest a reduction of their supplementary pensions.

Greek ports have suffered a series of strikes in the past 18 months, principally in protest of the government’s port privatisation plans. Piraeus, the nation’s top port, was just bought out by China Cosco Shipping, which aims to make to boost throughput there to 5m teu by 2018. Another port, Thessaloniki, is expected to receive numerous bids in the coming months.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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