“A junction in Southeastern Europe”. That is how the new owners of Thessaloniki port in the northeast of Greece have described their ambition in developing the nation’s second largest port.
Holding their first press conference since winning the bid to privatise the port in late April Deutsche Invest Equity Partners (DIEP) with the subsidiary of France’s CMA CGM, Terminal Link and the Savvidis Group vowed yesterday to transform the port.
The consortium has paid EUR231.92m for a 67% stake in the port.
“We shall make the port of Thessaloniki a junction in Southeastern Europe,” the managing director of DIEP, Alexander von Mellenthin, stated.
The aim now was to develop logistics centres at the port and also at its hinterland in countries such as Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Greece’s top port, Piraeus, was privatised last year with Cosco taking it.