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The new Board of Directors of ThPA SA was constituted into a body on Friday 23rd of March 2018, after the payment of 231,926 million euros and the completion of the transfer of 67% of the company’s share capital to “South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT) Ltd”.

SEGT Ltd consists of "Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH" (47%), "Terminal Link SAS" (33%) and "Belterra Investments Ltd" (20%).

Mr. Sotiriοs Theofanis, the coordinator of DIEP GmbH-Terminal Link SAS-Belterra Investments Ltd, was appointed as Chairman of BoD and Chief Executive Officer of ThPA SA, and the Managing Director of Terminal Link SAS, Mr. Boris Wenzel was appointed as Alternate Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The composition of the new Board of Directors of ThPA SA is as follows:

  1. Sotirios Theofanis, Chairman of BoD and Chief Executive Officer of ThPA SA, executive member
  2. Boris Wenzel, Alternate Chairman of BoD, non-executive member
  3. Artur Davidian, non-executive member
  4. Angelos Vlachos, independent non-executive member
  5. Alexander-Wilhelm Von Mellenthin, non-executive member
  6. Panagiotis Alevras, independent non-executive member
  7. Gavriel Ioannou, non-executive member
  8. Panagiotis Michalopoulos, independent non-executive member
  9. Yong YU, non-executive member

The new Chairman of BoD and Chief Executive Officer of ThPA SA, Sotiriοs Theofanis, after expressing his thanks to the outgoing administration for its contribution to the operation of the Port, said: "The prospects for the Port of Thessaloniki are extremely positive and we will concentrate our efforts to strengthen its position in the Southeastern European port services market. We are ready to implement our investment plan and we will keep open channels of communication with all stakeholders. I am convinced that the Port of Thessaloniki has the prospects to become a hub of strategic interest for Mediterranean, the Balkans and Southeastern Europe and play a leading role in the development of Northern Greece".

The new Board of Directors will take over, after an official ceremony, which will take place on Monday, March 26, at 12 noon, at the Port of Thessaloniki’s administration building.

ThPA SA is the first managing body of a port in Greece to be certified according to the ELOT 1801:2008/BS OHSAS 18001:2007 international standard as regards its occupational health and safety management system.

The certification pertains to the entire range of the ThPA SA’s activities and in particular:

  • Mooring of merchant, passenger and cruise vessels
  • Loading / unloading of bulk and container cargos
  • Storage and movement of merchandise and other items
  • Concession of areas for commercial and cultural activities

The implementation of the international standard by ThPA SA is an explicit commitment for the prevention of industrial injury and professional diseases, aiming at constantly improving the efficiency of the occupational health and safety management system.

The Managing Director of ThPA SA, Mr. Dimitris Makris, stated: “The acquisition of the said certification demonstrates the company’s interest and strong commitment to improve health and safety conditions at work. A constant effort is being made to implement international management systems and to observe the best available techniques in the said field, so as to limit occupational safety risks for employees. ThPA SA completed the cycle of certifications on operational functions, environmental protection and occupational health and safety management system, which all contribute a great deal to its successful course.”

Thessaloniki Port Authority SA is on the rise after achieving a significant increase in the container and conventional cargo throughput, according to the company’s annual statistics for 2017.

During the past year, an increase of 16,74% was recorded in container throughput, with a total of 401,947 TEUs handled as compared to 344,316 TEUs in 2016. The company set a decade record (2008-2017) and its second best performance in 20 years since 2007. An important raise was recorded in transit traffic (19,73%) as well as in Greek container exports (14,46%). It should be noted that a traffic volume exceeding 400,000 TEUs approaches the limits of the Container Terminal’s existing capacity.

2017 closed with an increase in the Conventional Port as well, where a total 3,598,271.00 tons of conventional cargo were throughput as compared to 3,312,527.00 tons in 2016 (8,63% increase). The largest increase was recorded in the transit cargo in bulk (25,5%).

During the same time, a 12,28% increase was recorded in the number of ships entering the Port of Thessaloniki, where a total of 1,417 ships were serviced in 2017 as opposed to 1,262 ships in 2016. Among them, 523 were container ships as opposed to 440 in 2016 (18,86% increase), 726 were conventional cargo vessels as opposed to 674 in 2016 (7,72% increase) and 168 were passenger ships as opposed to 148 in 2016 (13,51% increase).

Commending on the cargo throughput data, the Managing Director of ThPA Sa Mr. Dimitris Makris pointed out: “The company set high targets as regards cargo throughput for 2017 and achieved them. Container throughput, in particular, set a decade record. The upward trend for conventional cargo throughput in 2017 fluctuated as regards bulk cargo, especially during the last three months, a fact attributed to the development in certain industries of the area. The upward trend in the bulk cargo is expected to continue after the second quarter of 2018. The upward trend in the container cargo throughput, as well as vessel support services were negatively affected during the last quarter of 2017 by the ongoing – as of September 16th 2017 and up to present – strike of the customs officials trade union during night shifts at Gate 16 of the Free Trade Zone of the Thessaloniki Port. ThPA SA management made timely and significant efforts to address the problem by making realistic suggestions to the competent authorities. At the same time, exhausting all possibilities, ThPA SA provides workable solutions in order to reduce the particularly negative consequences that the ongoing customs officials strike has on the servicing of ships, always in communication with all the parties involved. The operation of Gate 16 of the Free Trade Zone of the Thessaloniki Port on a 24hour basis is always of paramount importance for trade facilitation and for promoting the development perspectives of the Thessaloniki Port.

According to the provisional financial data for 2017, ThPA SA's total proceeds amount to €58,106,000.00, namely a significant 11,25% increase as compared to 2016 (€52,230,000.00), by maintaining high financial performance indicators, increased cash deposits and zero lending. The aforementioned financial data confirm the company’s ability to fund important investment projects for the sustainable development of the Port.

The above positive results reflect the key contribution of the ThPA SA’s executives, employees and collaborators in their achievement.”       

ThPA SA turns the page

In the very near future, 67% of the ThPA SA’s share capital will be transferred to the South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT) Limited, the consortium consisting in the preferred investor «Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH», «Belterra Investments Ltd.» and «Terminal Link SAS».

“ThPA SA is presented with new challenges; important investments in substructure and equipment are deemed necessary, as well as major reforms that will render the company’s operation even more efficient. We aspire to the success of the strategic investor and their management at the ThPA SA; the goal is to upgrade Thessaloniki Port at the Trans-European Network for Transport and render it the principal transit centre of Southeastern Europe. This will be of great benefit to the national economy and employment”, underlined Mr. Makris.

ThPA S.A. signed a MoU with Rutgers University, one of the oldest US higher education institutions. 

The agreement was officially announced yesterday, Saturday 15th of September 2018, by the BoD Chairman and CEO of ThPA S.A., Sotirios Theofanis, and the Director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation of Rutgers University, Dr. Ali Maher, during the special event that was held at the Company’s pavilion, within the framework of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair.

The event was also attended by the Consul General of the USA in Thessaloniki, Mr. Gregory W. Pfleger.

The Memorandum of Understanding aims at developing common research, educational and know-how transfer related programs, projects and activities, in such fields as intermodal transport, ports and Logistics.

“This is a chance to exchange research experiences and apply new technologies at the Port of Thessaloniki, as an experimental field of practical application” stated Mr. Theofanis stressing that the cooperation concerns, inter alia, the field of new technologies such as technologies for the ‘Port of the future’ and environmental protection issues. Furthermore, cooperation also extends to other thematic areas such as the development of technologies for monitoring the state of the infrastructure and recording/managing the traffic of heavy goods vehicles arriving in the Port.

For his part, Mr. Maher stressed that maritime transport is a key component of our national economies underlining that ports like the one in Thessaloniki, are essential for both the regional economy and the national economy in Greece.

The CAIT Director stressed that both he and his associates are looking forward to this cooperation with the Port of Thessaloniki in order to face maritime transport-related challenges, such as goods and cargo handling, port asset management, resilience and, more generally, development of technologies and innovative solutions to address such problems.

In his short address, Mr. Pfleger stressed that the connections established within the framework of the 83rd TIF and, in particular, the educational connections with US Universities are very important for the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki and the entire diplomatic mission in Greece.

Rutgers University was set up in 1766 in New Jersey and now has 69,000 students and 22,500 professors and employees. The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, which constitutes the largest transport research center of Rutgers University implements research projects and programs in a number of thematic areas in the fields of infrastructure and transport. The new methods and technologies developed at research level, are also used in practice in real conditions.

Alongside research, the Centre trains over 7,000 professionals yearly through over 200 courses.

Thessaloniki Port Authority SA, announces that Mr. Davidian Artur, son of Eduard, was appointed on 11.09.2018, as Chief Investment Officer.

The Chief Investment Officer will have the oversight of all the necessary actions for the implementation of the Company’ s Investment Plans and the Obligatory Investments as defined by the agreement between the Greek State and ThPA SA.

 

The "Port Authority of Thessaloniki SA" announces that, by decision of its Board of Directors, Mrs Anastasia Karipi, was appointed as Internal Auditor of ThPA SA and Head of the Internal Audit Office in place of Mr. Gavriil Kokkinos. Furthermore, Mr. Athanasios Stoyannis was appointed as employee of the Office of Internal Audit.