Cosco aims to double Piraeus cruise passenger numbers


China’s Cosco wants to more than double the number of cruise passengers using Piraeus by extending facilities for bigger ships, its chairman said on Monday.

"The movement of cruise passengers is around 1.1 million a year at present," Cosco Shipping chairman Xu Lirong said during a ceremony at the port launching new docking space for cruise ships.

"Our short-term goal is to increase it up to 1.5 million, and 3 million in the longer term." Xu said Piraeus would be extended for new docking space for next-generation cruise ships, which would be bigger and "more luxurious."