Greek law enforcement authorities have seized more than 100 banana containers at the Port of Piraeus, after locating more than 120 kg of pure cocaine on a ship arriving from Ecuador. This is part of an investigation initiated in early August by Greek authorities.
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Reuters reports that Piraeus Port Authority boost its investment plans to lure more businesses. The majority of the port is owned by China’s COSCO shipping, who hopes to make Piraeus port into its gateway to Europe.
China had a tremendous development in every field in the past decades and has done a wonderful job with the port of Piraues, said recently Andreas Potamianos, president of the Greece-China Association. Potamianos, aged 86, has been at the helm of the Greece-China Association since 1987.
Greek authorities have seized what they claim to be the world’s largest single haul of super-charged amphetamine Captagon pills, worth more than half a billion euros, onboard a container ship which arrived from Syria at Port of Piraeus, on Friday, 28 June.
Fire took place erupted on board the livestock carrier Boi Branco, which was berthed at Piraeus port, Greece, in the morning May 30. As of now, the extent of the damages or the cause of the fire is not known, while no injuries were reported. At the time of the incident, the vessel was in ballast, while it did not have any cattle on board.
According to Xinhua, experts in Greece praised the development the Port of Piraeus is experiencing, under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during a two-day seminar. The event was a joint initiative by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation in Greece and the Tsinghua University in China.
Port of Piraeus, Greece’s major port is taking measures to tackle ship pollution from vessels and activities in the area, the Piraeus Port Authority informed Xinhua. The environmental measures focus on efficiently managing waste, monitoring the noise, water and air quality, energy efficiency and energy savings through technological advances.
Cosco’s investment plan for the port of Piraeus may become history under archaeological threats. After a meeting that was conducted on April 2, Greece’s powerful Central Archaeological Council (KAS) struck a major blow to the Cosco-owned Piraeus Port Authority’s (PPA) $675m master plan by characterising a large part of Piraeus as an area of archaeological interest that must be protected.
According to Hapag-Lloyd’s statement, the company sent ‘Nordviolet’ in Venice, to take over shipments on the line’s Adria Express, since ‘Sadt Dresden’ suffered main engine failure when docking. The latter, unloaded its boxes to Venice, for Nordviolet to transfer them.
One of the world’s largest container vessels, ‘COSCO shipping Pisces’, that has a capacity of 20.000 TEU, was docked at Piraeus port on February 15, after voyaging for one month from China. This is the vessel’s first voyage, after its delivery on January 15.
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