The Port of Thessaloniki (ThPA S.A.) and Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) signed an Agreement to develop trade on the sea route via the canal and the port.
The main objective of the cooperation is the exchange of knowledge and professional experience between Port Said Ports and Port of Thessaloniki, and the development of joint initiatives that will enhance cargo and passenger flows between Egypt and Greece.
Included in the initiatives is the establishment of a maritime line for perishable goods and bulk cargo and the development of cruise business.
The Cooperation Agreement was signed in an online ceremony in the presence of: the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Giannis Plakiotakis; the Secretary General of Ports, Ports Policy and Maritime Investments, Evangelos Kyriazopoulos; the Chairman of SCZone, Eng. Yehia Zaki; the General Manager of Port Said East Port, Captain Aly Assem M. Ibrahim; the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors (BoD) of ThPA S.A., Athanasios Liagkos; the Managing Director – CEO of ThPA S.A., Franco Nicola Cupolo; the Chief Investment Officer of ThPA S.A., Artur Davidian; the Chief Commercial Officer of ThPA S.A., Ioannis Fetanis, and other Executives of both parties.
The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Giannis Plakiotakis said: “This agreement creates additional opportunities for further development of the maritime trade between Europe and Asia, which are greatly enhanced by the strategic location of the two parties.
“We are particularly satisfied that the Port of Thessaloniki provides an evolving, efficient and reliable intermodal network, which secures and upgrades the supply chain, offering added value at an economic and social level”.
Chairman of SCZone, Eng. Yehia Zaki, added: “This cooperation is motivated by a mutual interest for the development of important trade flows, as well as logistics and port interfaces such as those represented by SCZone and ThPA S.A. and will result in increased traffic for the ports of SCZone.
“With four industrial areas and six ports, the SCZone is located at the crossroads between Africa, Europe and Asia, and occupies 461 kilometres2 along the banks of the newly expanded Suez Canal, strategically located on the main trade route between Europe and Asia, playing a key role in world trade.”