- Prime Minister welcomes largest ever EIB port investment in Greece
- Expanding principal port in Greece will create jobs and support growth nationwide
- Scheme to expand and upgrade cruise, container and car terminal, develop new port logistics centre and improve infrastructure and equipment of the ship repair zone
“Redevelopment of the Port of Piraeus will strengthen connections between Greece and the rest of the world and ensure that Greece benefits from a world-class maritime logistics hub. The European Investment Bank is pleased to provide a 20-year long-term loan for the principal maritime hub of Greece and the leading port in the Mediterranean. EIB support reflects the economic benefits to be unlocked in the coming years and the importance of ensuring competitive transport links for Greece and South Eastern Europe.” Said Andrew McDowell, European Investment Bank Vice President.
“Recent investment has shown how investment at the Port of Piraeus can support economic growth and benefit Greece. Confirmation of the European Investment Bank’s support follows detailed due diligence and reflects the broad benefits to be unlocked by the largest investment programme in the history of the Port of Piraeus.” said Yu Zenggang, Chairman of Piraeus Port Authority SA.
The first EUR 100 million tranche of the EIB loan was signed today and the remainder agreed as project construction progresses.
The EIB loan is guaranteed by the Export–Import Bank of China, and the guarantee facility contract between PPA and CEXIM was also signed today in the presence of CEXIM Chairwoman Ms HU Xiaolian and Mr Athanasios Liagkos from PPA.
Improving communications for millions of people across Europe
New investment at the Port of Piraeus includes development of a new port logistics centre, construction of a new cruise passenger handling facility, expansion of car shipping facilities, an improved ship repair area and the upgrade of the container terminal.
EIB loan complements Greek and European funds
The long-term EIB loan will complement other investments in the Port currently under consideration by the European Commission and the Greek government plus Technical Assistance work undertaken by JASPERS.
Port of Piraeus investment to support jobs and growth across Greece
Improvements to the Port of Piraeus are expected to support economic growth and job creation across the country, reduce transport costs and enable increased cruise tourism and shipping.
The Port of Piraeus is the busiest in the Mediterranean and the world’s 32nd largest port in terms of container cargo traffic.