New Greek prime minister sets out maritime agenda

New Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has earmarked how he intends to drive the nation’s maritime policies.

Visiting the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy in Piraeus yesterday, Mitsotakis vowed to make the Greek flag more attractive to local owners.

The prime minister also said he would aim to make shipping-related careers attractive to the latest generation.

Getting further foreign investment into the nation’s maritime infrastructure, such as how China’s Cosco has transformed the port of Piraeus, would form another plank of Mitsotakis’s shipping plans. A swathe of other ports are set for privatisation.

Mitsotakis has appointed Yiannis Plakiotakis as the country’s shipping minister who has already met with Cosco executives and discussed the Chinese company’s plans for further transformation of Piraeus – with talks of four high-end hotels, a shopping mall, and a shipyard all to be built on territory controlled by the Cosco-managed Piraeus Port Authority.

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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