Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα PIRAEUS PORT. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα PIRAEUS PORT. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Πέμπτη, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2007

Κόκα απ' το Κόσοβο


Ομάδες Κοσοβάρων που ελέγχουν πολλές δραστηριότητες του διαβαλκανικού οργανωμένου εγκλήματος βρίσκονται πίσω από τη διακίνηση συνολικά 160 κιλών κοκαΐνης, σε δύο φορτία, από τον περασμένο Αύγουστο μέσω του λιμανιού του Πειραιά.


Από την πολύμηνη επιχείρηση που οργάνωσε το Τμήμα Δίωξης Ναρκωτικών της ΥπΕΕ και στην οποία συμμετείχαν οι Αρχές της Σερβίας, της Κροατίας και των Σκοπίων, στην Κροατία σταμάτησαν 80 κιλά της κοκαΐνης και άλλα 80 στην Ελλάδα. Πιάστηκαν έξι στο εξωτερικό και ένας Ελληνας 34 ετών, στην Αθήνα, ο οποίος δούλευε για λογαριασμό δύο Αλβανών που καταζητούνται.Οι Αρχές των άλλων βαλκανικών χωρών είναι βέβαιες ότι τα φορτία της κοκαΐνης που έφτασαν στην Ελλάδα από τον Ισημερινό, με διαμετακομιστικό σταθμό τον Πειραιά και τελικό προορισμό τη Βοσνία-Ερζεγοβίνη, μέσω Κροατίας, εξυπηρετούσαν σκοπούς κοσοβάρικων ομάδων.Η αρχή για την εξάρθρωση της υπόθεσης έγινε τον περασμένο Αύγουστο, όταν οι κροατικές αρχές εντόπισαν ένα κοντέινερ με 80 κιλά κοκαΐνης που προερχόταν από τον Ισημερινό και παρέμεινε για λίγες ημέρες στο λιμάνι του Πειραιά. Υστερα από λίγο -και αφού είχαν ειδοποιηθεί οι ελληνικές Αρχές- έφτασε ακόμη ένα κοντέινερ στον Πειραιά. Ενώ με αυτό μεταφερόταν ξυλεία, στα δοκάρια του σκελετού, στο πάτωμα αλλά και στην οροφή ήταν κρυμμένα 139 πακέτα με άλλα 80 κιλά κόκας. Επίσημος προορισμός ήταν Μπάνια Λούκα της Βοσνίας-Ερζεγοβίνης ενώ προορισμός της πρώτης ήταν η πόλη Κότορ Βάρος, επίσης στη Βοσνία-Ερζεγοβίνη.Τα στελέχη της ΥπΕΕ άρχισαν τότε να καταστρώνουν τα σχέδιά τους. Οι Αρχές της Κροατίας αλλά και της Βοσνίας-Ερζεγοβίνης είχαν διατυπώσει αίτημα δικαστικής συνδρομής προς την Ελλάδα. Κατόπιν, λοιπόν, έγκρισης του εισαγγελέα Εφετών Αθηνών, αφαιρέθηκαν τα 80 κιλά από το κοντέινερ και έμειναν μέσα μόνο 200 γραμμάρια, ώστε το κοντέινερ -για νομικούς λόγους- να περιέχει ναρκωτικά. Κι έτσι, στελέχη της ΥπΕΕ, αξιωματικοί της Διεύθυνσης Ασφάλειας του υπουργείου Εμπορικής Ναυτιλίας, ανέλαβαν να παρακολουθούν την ελεγχόμενη μεταφορά του στο λιμάνι Ριέκα της Κροατίας. Εκεί περίμεναν την εμφάνιση του παραλήπτη.Στις 15 Νοεμβρίου, ένας 34χρονος άντρας από την Ελλάδα εμφανίστηκε στο τελωνείο της Ριέκα και ζήτησε τη μεταφορά του κοντέινερ οδικώς στην Ελλάδα. Τότε οι αρχές της Κροατίας, της Σερβίας και της ΠΓΔΜ, απ' όπου θα περνούσε το φορτίο, συνεννοήθηκαν και το παρέδωσαν στα στελέχη της ΥπΕΕ στις 21 Νοεμβρίου. Η νταλίκα που το μετέφερε τράβηξε χειρόφρενο σε μια αποθήκη στον Ασπρόπυργο Αττικής, σε μια τοποθεσία που λέγεται Κουτάλα. Και δύο ημέρες μετά την έναρξη του ταξιδιού, έγινε έφοδος στην αποθήκη και συνελήφθη ο 34χρονος άντρας που ζει στην περιοχή του Ελληνικού. Ο ίδιος είπε, σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, ότι τον είχαν πλησιάσει δύο άντρες από την Αλβανία και τον είχαν πείσει να ανοίξει μια εταιρεία γενικού εμπορίου με έδρα τον Ασπρόπυργο. Οι Αρχές πιστεύουν ότι κατάφεραν σημαντικό πλήγμα στο διαβαλκανικό οργανωμένο έγκλημα.

Δευτέρα, 12 Νοεμβρίου 2007

Piraeus port an appealing investment for foreigners

One of the companies to bid for the port of Piraeus is China’s Cosco. Its President has written to the Greek government asking it to pen privatization procedures for Piraeus and Thessaloniki ports.

A number of international giants in the areas of seaborne transport and port management, such as China’s Cosco, Italy’s MSC, Denmark’s Maersk, Saudi Arabia’s Dubai Ports World and Israel’s ZIM, have all expressed interest in investing in commercial Greek ports, with their targets including boosting container transit and upgrading the quality of and expanding current port services.

Recently, Maersk officials repeated their interest in the Port of Piraeus, noting however that they would wait for a fresh tender procedure to be announced. The tender, according to reports, may include certain changes in the requirements envisaged to bar the emergence of monopolies, which would otherwise have a negative impact on treating all of the interested companies on an equal footing.

Wei Jiafu, President of state-owned China Ocean Shipping Group Co (Cosco), is reported to have sent a letter to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, asking for the opening of privatization procedures for the country’s two largest ports.

Jiafu is said to have reiterated in his letter a Cosco proposal for investing in the Piraeus port, with regard to both the container station and land areas to be used for assembly operations of electrical appliances. China has repeatedly underlined its interest in the Piraeus port, wishing to transform it into a transit hub for Chinese products destined for the Balkans and the rest of Europe.

On the other hand, Italian-Swiss MSC, which has signed a contract with Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) and currently handles 70 percent of the port’s container operations, has announced it would use the rights it has now gained in the port, despite its contract having been disputed by the Competition Commission. The Commission is expected to issue a verdict by the end of the year and this could be critical for the future of the port’s privatization process.

Officials from ZIM, one of the largest container shipping companies in the world, have been making certain plans, insisting on their intention to raise container operations in the port of Piraeus by 100,000 containers on an annual basis. The Israelis have made it clear in a number of ways that their presence in Piraeus is imperative, given that they have been using the port in recent years as a second central port in cases of hostilities or industrial action taking place in their region.

The Piraeus Container Station (SEMPO) is seen as a fine investment by a number of foreign investors. The station contributes 75 percent to PPA’s turnover and 50 percent to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

The station’s current annual handling capacity stands at approximately 1.5 million TEU (20-foot equivalent units), but this would be raised to 4.5 million TEU under an eight-year investment plan, valued at 400 million euros. Most of the container operations at Piraeus port are currently taking place at Pier II, but construction of Pier I, currently under way, is expected to raise capacity.

An updated business plan for the container station includes the completion of the Pier I infrastructure, to be equipped with advanced container loading-unloading and stacking machinery to enable facilities to serve new-generation vessels of capacities of over 10,000 TEU. The plan also provides for the construction of a third pier, Pier III, valued at 450 million euros. The time schedule for the above projects is especially demanding, providing for the conclusion and full operation of the station by the year 2014. In addition, construction of a new railway station to be located within the port is expected to conclude in the early days of next year
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Δευτέρα, 5 Ιουνίου 2006

Piraeus: Port expansion bodes well for bunkering

In 2004, the Greek bunker market, and particularly its major port Piraeus saw sales volumes fall against a backdrop of rising global demand for bunkers. Bunkerworld Magazine asked leading Piraeus bunker supplier JetOil-Mamidoil to explain this anomaly and why the company has faith in the growth prospects of this market.Jetoil claims to hold a roughly 17-18% share of the Greek market, with supply conducted by barges owned and operated by its subsidiary JetTank. According to Jetoil's Alexander Prokopakis (General Manager for Jetoil Bunkering), around 70-80% of Greek bunkers are sold through the port of Piraeus. Patra is another relatively large bunkering port, serving mainly passenger liners. After Piraeus and Patra, Thessaloniki, Corinth and Igoumenitsa are the busiest ports.The total bunker sales volume for Greece in 2005 was 3,757,503 metric tonnes (mt). Sources said this figure had risen from around 3 million mt in 2004 after dropping from closer to 4 million in 2001-2002. Around 80% of product supplied in the market is fuel oil, with 20% distillates. Of these volumes around 30% is contract business, with the rest sold into the spot market.Analysts have blamed the recent decline in bunker sales on a shift in shipping patterns as fewer container vessels called at the port of Piraeus, although this trend is now in reverse since Chinese container line COSCO began calling at the port in the first quarter of this year. Prokopakis concurred with this: "We believe in a growing Greek market. For 2007 forward we estimate more calls and more deliveries. This is due to more vessels from China calling at Piraeus and expectations for increasing tourism." Meanwhile the port authority of Piraeus is moving ahead with plans to expand container handling capacity by 60% to 1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) by 2008. Another factor behind the market's earlier decline in sales has been its susceptibility to product shortages in the past few years - either when the refiners divert product to the domestic heating market or when economics make it more profitable to sell cargoes into the export market.Prokopakis, however, does not see this problem affecting the market ongoing. "Over the past six months availability and quality has improved. We estimate that if availability flow from refineries continues the market will show signs of recovery from July on," he said."We have experienced supply disruptions on very few occasions. We are always looking for ways to have availability and consistent service for our customers. With a balanced plan between importing products and purchasing from the local refineries we stay ahead of the competition," Prokopakis added. Demand has also been affected by competition from other Mediterranean markets, particularly Malta and Istanbul. Increasing traffic and congestion through the Turkish Straits has provided Istanbul with a captive market as operators take the opportunity to bunker their vessels whilst awaiting transit. Meanwhile, Malta's location along the busy Mediterranean shipping lanes, coupled with the lack of port dues arising from the number of offshore bunker areas in its waters have made Malta the biggest growth market in the Mediterranean bunker industry in recent years.While volumes in the Greek market were in decline for some time, the most recent figures indicate this trend is now in reverse. Conventional wisdom also points to future robust growth in global bunker demand on the back of strong economic growth and trade and buoyant demand for shipping.
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