ECONOMY

Action plan for ship repair zone

The government Wednesday unveiled an action plan to revive the country?s flagging shipbuilding and repair industry, including the appointment of a special coordinator.

?With the action plan we want to try and restart the [Perama, Piraeus] ship repair zone with a view to restoring its lost confidence,? said Merchant Marine Minister Costis Mousouroulis.

The plan mainly aims to eliminate bureaucratic obstacles hampering the access of ships to the zone and unify the large number of agencies involved, which cause delays in delivery. According to a study by the University of Piraeus, most business lost by the Perama zone is due to delivery times not being kept.

?The conclusion is that 83 percent of shipping companies avoid Perama because delivery times are not met and because of high cost,? industry representatives told Kathimerini.

Nikos Anastasopoulos, former CEO of Piraeus Port Authority, was appointed as special coordinator. His first priority will be to ?submit recommendations so that the issue can be addressed in cooperation with the European Commission.?