State Launches Tender for Poros Marina

sarmag11A section of the Poros harbor is being privatized as part of a cluster of tourist ports that includes Alimos, Nea Epidaurus, and Hydra under an international public tender to be held by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.
Under the plan, Alimos will serves as the hub marina, with Nea Epidaurus, Poros, and Hydra serving as satellite tourist ports.
The concession will be valid for forty years.
The first phase, during which interested parties will express their desire and eligibility to participate in the tender process, was published on April 3. The section of the Poros port and tourist shelter up for privatization “consists of an upland area of 745 sqm. and a sea area of 9,890 sqm, with a capacity of 53 berths. The tourist shelter may be expanded within the basin of the port of Poros reaching to a total estimated capacity of 90 berths with an upland estimated area of 1,500 sqm., with quays up to 300m and depths of up to -4m below MSL.”
A total of 46 marinas located throughout Greece will be offered for privatization and the Alimos-Saronic cluster is the first of five tender processes for marinas to be launched in the first six months of 2013.
Greek media reports cite the Dogus Holding Group among the potential contenders for the Saronic cluster.
Meantime, on April 5, the Council of State heard petitions filed against the interministerial decree transferring control of 23 ports and marinas to the privatization agency, HRADF (the Greek acronym is TAIPED). The council, which is Greece’s highest administrative court, set a May 13 deadline for plaintiffs to submit supplementary arguments. The deadline for submitting the Expression of Interest, the first phase of the tendering process, is May 15.
The municipalities of both Poros and Hydra have filed petitions seeking the decree’s overturn.
The port tender’s launch created tension at the recent Town Council meeting, including terse exchanges between Mayor Dimitris Stratigos and opposition leader Yannis Dimitriadis.