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Luka Koper Port with Record Transshipment, CEO Plans Investments

Koper, 31 December (STA) - The Luka Koper port managed to transship a record 600,000 container units and a record 18 million tonnes of cargo in 2013, the port operator's CEO Gašpar Gašpar Mišič announced on Tuesday. He urged more investments, announcing 2014 will be a ground-breaking year.

"Almost all investments into the port infrastructure planned for 2014 should have already been executed in the past years," Gašpar Mišič told the press, the port's workers and local representatives.

He wishes to use the advantage of Slovenia as an "important link in the logistics chain for cargo from the Far and Middle East headed towards countries in central and eastern Europe".

Gašpar Mišič feels Luka Koper is too small to rival major international ports, which is why he is a strong supporter of continuing cooperation within the North Adriatic Ports Association.

The CEO announced a deepening of the seabed at the port and is convinced that goals can even be exceeded provided that the port is recognised as an important element of development in the local community and the wider region in general.

The call for investments was echoed by supervisor Elen Twrdy as well as by Koper Mayor Boris Popovič, who hopes "the company Slovenia will start operating the way Luka Koper is, meaning without austerity, with better wages and more work".

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