After eight candidates have stepped forward in response to the tender announced by the Hellenic Republic Asset Developement Fund (TAIPED) for the 67% stake of Thessaloniki Port Authority, Skopje has expressed interest in buying 7% of the organization.
The Skopjan proposal was met with great surprise by the Greek state but this hasn’t discouraged the investors. Skopje believes that Thessaloniki’s port in northern Greece is of great importance for the country’s trade. Thessaloniki’s port is located just 70 miles from the southern utmost of Skopje, while 90% of the country’s products pass through Thessaloniki.
The investors interested in the Greek port are:
- APM Terminals, B.V.
- Deutsche Invest Equity Partners, GmbH
- DufercoParticiption Holding, SA
- International Container Terminal Services, Inc
- Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
- P&O Steam Navigation Company (DP World)
- Russian Railways JSC / GEK TERNA S.A.
- Yilport Holding,Inc
Duferco is the only company directly related to Skopje and if it qualifies for the final phase of the tender, the Skopjan state will manage to have a shareholder access to Thessaloniki’s port.