ECG Maritime & Ports WG meeting in the Port of Piraeus

On 27 and 28 of June, the latest ECG Maritime & Ports Working Group was held in Piraeus, hosted by Neptune Lines and the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA).

More than 40 members of the ECG Maritime & Ports Working Group gathered in Athens for a networking dinner and an interesting meeting that took place in the PPA headquarter.

PPA Deputy Manager, Strategic Planning & Marketing opened the meeting with an overview of PPA’s ownership structure, assets, activities and investment plans.

Neptune Lines presentation, jointly delivered by our Chief Operating Officer and our Technical Manager, focused on an in-depth technical description of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (ECGS) and Open Loop Scrubbers .

The Senior Policy Advisor for Port Governance, Intermodal Transport and Logistics, Statistics and Social Dialogue of the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) delivered an overview of the port sector’s priorities towards the new European Commission and Parliament for the 2019 – 2024 legislative period, elaborating also on the recent report ‘The infrastructure investment needs and financing challenge of European ports’ as well as the ongoing sectoral campaign called “More EU budget for transport”. Finally, there was a specific focus on the EU’s Port Services Regulation 2017/352 which came into force in March this year and contains several relevant obligations for ports with regards to market access and financial transparency, including obligatory consultations with port users and their representatives or associations as well as the provision of an effective and independent complaint mechanism.

At the end of the meeting, the ECG members joined a guided bus tour of Piraeus Port Car Terminal.