According to Deputy Prime Minister of Greece, the sale of a 67% stake of Piraeus Port Authority S.A. (OLP) to COSCO Group Limited is set to be completed in the coming weeks.
Piraeus is one of the busiest passenger ports in Europe, according to OLP data, and one of the top cargo ports in the Mediterranean. Cargo traffic rose 15% to 3.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2013.
At the moment OLP operates Piraeus Port 's Pier I and COSCO Group Limited operates Pier II and III
There are plans to:
Other four teams were shortlisted to bid for 67% stake of OLP: APM Terminals B.V., International Container Terminal Services, Inc, (ICTSI), Ports America Group Holdings, and Utilico Emerging Markets Limited. Cartesian Capital Group LLC was the sixth firm that submitted non-binding bids in the tender process but it was disqualified.
OLP was founded in 1930. It offers ships' anchoring, cargo handling, loading and unloading, goods storage, and car stevedoring services, as well as harbor to ships. It is also involved in the development of combined transportation operations, provision of services related to combined transportation, and organization, development, management, and marketing of ship repair.