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Greek marine equipment makers and Greek shipowners are to work together to promote ships' equipment developed and manufactured in Greece. Though the two have been cooperating for sometime, the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters (Hemexpo) and Greece's powerful Marine Technical Managers Association (Martecma) are to formally create a working group to promote their joint activities.

Union of Greek Shipowners president, Theodoros Veniamis, renewed his call on the Greek government and the country’s seafarers to allow the maritime labour market to become internationally competitive by overcoming industrialist obstructions. Veniamis said the maritime institutional framework needs to be stable in order for the industry to prosper and contribute further to the ailing Greek economy.

Cosco Shipping Ports has reported a 15% dip in 2016 profits on slow trade growth, and the performance of its Chinese ports, but the Piraeus port's volume growth has gained it a star rating.

Greece has received three binding bids for a majority stake in Thessaloniki, its second-largest port, said the country's privatisations agency (Taiped), as the state tries to privatise parts of its infrastructure to meet bailout terms. The port's chairman, Constantinos Mellios had predicted there would be four bids, but among those chasing control of the port under a concession agreement until 2051 is French giant CMA CGM.

Has Greece lost its magic as a cruise destination? Crystal Cruises' Claudius Docekal, believes "much needs to be done to increase cruise traffic to Greece and the [East Mediterranean] region". With the cruise season in full swing, just what needs to be done will be debated and discussed at the 4th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, in Athens, May 23-24.