Listed among Ports of International Interest, the port of Thessaloniki is one of the five Greek ports included in the core network of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
Since its foundation and up until today, the port of Thessaloniki constitutes the most important port in Macedonia and one of the most important ports in SE Europe.
The port enjoys a privileged position, being located at the crossroad of land transportation networks from East to West and South to North which continues towards the north as the corridor connecting the East to Eastern Mediterranean (TEN-T Core Network Corridor Orient – East Med), as well as the pan-European corridor Ten-Χ.
On June 27, 2001 the Greek State granted ThPA S.A. the exclusive right to use and exploit the land, buildings and facilities of the land port zone of the Port of Thessaloniki (owned by the Greek State) for a period of 40 years. In 2009 the concession period was extended for 10 years, due to expire on the corresponding date of the year 2051. The company is listed in the Athens Stock Exchange since August 27, 2001. In March 2018 the majority stake of 67% of Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A. was transferred to South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki Limited.
In the same context, the revised concession agreement between the Greek State and ThPA S.A. was signed on February 2, 2018 ratified by Law 4522/2018. The revised concession agreement provides for the obligation of ThPA S.A. to prepare a new master plan and to carry out certain mandatory investments amounting to EUR180M.
Pursuant to article 159 of Law 4635/2019, the “Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A.” (HRADF S.A.) acts as the Planning Authority, responsible to co-ordinate the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment Study (SEIA) consultation process and the licensing of the port’s investments plan. Major investments to be licensed upon approval of the master plan include expansion of the 6th pier, renovation of buildings, construction of a new logistics centre etc.