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The 12 Straddle Carriers are gradually delivered assembled to the premises of ThPA S.A. They were acquired on the initiative of the new Administration as part of the investments in equipment announced by ThPA S.A. after the Company's takeover by the new investors.

This equipment purchased by Konecranes Noell is expected to substantially improve the productivity of the Container Terminal (C.T.) and update the provided services.

This new equipment has the ability to stack containers at 3 levels in height and is expected to make a decisive contribution in the success of the Plan for the stacking of containers to be exported within the C.T., a project that will substantially change the level of container handling in the Port.

ThPA S.A. continues, in an organized and consistent manner, the execution of its Investment Program, aspiring to realize its strategic goal, i.e. to make the Port of Thessaloniki a top port in terms of both service and technological equipment, in SE Europe and the Balkan area.

The Chairman of the BoD and CEO of ThPA SA, Mr. S. Theofanis, participated as the Leading Invited Speaker in the Meeting of the “Standing Committee on Ports and Channels” of the “Τransportation Research Board Annual Meeting” held in Washington, D.C, USA on 16.01.2019. This Meeting is a top event for the global scientific and business community in the Transport sector.

The subject of his speech was the recent developments in port business management, at a global level, and their connection with the completion of the process of introducing a strategic investor to ThPA S.A. In his speech, he referred to the strategic role played by the Global Port Administrators and the networking of Port Operators, as well as to the importance of the structure of the liner shipping companies’ market. This statement was complemented by a brief analysis of developments in the area of Southeast Europe, Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean. Mr. Theofanis pointed out that this environment forms challenges but also great opportunities for the port of Thessaloniki, based on its new shareholding structure and the new commercial development strategy. All of the above are “key” points, since the company benefits from the know-how and the dynamics of its new shareholders and is expected to play a key role in the region, being a major port and freight hub.  

In 2018, the throughput of containers and conventional cargo at the Port of Thessaloniki has marked an increase. In particular, 424,000 TEU's were handled in the Container Terminal and 3,764,000 tons were handled in the Conventional Port, marking an increase of 5,5% in both Sections, compared to 2017.

These figures demonstrate the stable commercial development of the Port of Thessaloniki and highlight the dynamic and great prospects for establishing its position in the Balkans and the wider region of Southeastern Europe.

With planning and optimism, the administration of ThPA S.A. continues its efforts to achieve this goal.

The Chairman of the ΒοD and CEO of ThPA S.A., Mr. Sotiris Theofanis, in his guest speech at the “Conference on Regional Development and Cross-Border Cooperation”, referred to the prospects emerging in the Balkans and particularly in Serbia, from ThPA’s new corporate perception and strong investment program. The Conference was organized by the Pirot Chamber of Commerce and the Free Zone of Pirot and held in Pirot, Serbia on Saturday December 15th.  

During his visit to Serbia, Mr. Theofanis attended as a guest the coordinating meeting of representatives of Serbia's Free Zones, he met with Dr. Samir Hamrouni, Chief Executive Officer of the World Free Zones Organization and he also had a series of meetings with executives and representatives of companies operating in Serbia, during which there was a great interest in developing business relations with ThPA S.A.

ThPA S.A. participated in the 1st China International Import Expo -CIIE, held in Shanghai from November 5 to November 10, 2018, aiming at increasing extroversion and establishing new partnerships.

The pavilion of ThPA S.A. attracted a large number of visitors who were informed about both the activity and the development prospects of Thessaloniki Port.

During the Expo, the BoD Chairman and CEO of ThPA S.A., Sotirios Theofanis, had several contacts and meetings with Company representatives, executives and with actors of the international port industry, demonstrating the role and the potential of Thessaloniki Port, as a link along the Sea Silk Road, linking China to Europe.

It is noted that over 3,600 businesses from 172 countries participated in the 1st China International Import Expo.

The ThPA S.A. Board of Directors decided to set up the Thessaloniki Port Users Committee with a view to engaging a dialogue and essential cooperation with the port’s clients-users in order to address issues relating to its daily operation and improve the services provided.

The Users Committee will consist of representatives of Thessaloniki’s Shipping Agents Association, the Customs Agents Union, Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBETH), Thessaloniki Professional Chamber (EETH), Thessaloniki Chamber of Crafts (VETH), the Greek International Business Association (SEVE), the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SVVE) and the Association of Transport Companies of Northern Greece.

The establishment and operation of the Users Committee is independent from the Thessaloniki Port Users Council, provided for in Law 4504/2017.