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Minister: Koper Port Might Have to Seek Partner for Third Pier

Portorož, 08 March (STA) - Luka Koper, the operator of Slovenia's sole seaport, may have to look for a strategic partner for the planned third pier, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning Minister Zvonko Černač said at Wednesday's ceremony in Portorož marking Maritime Day.

The port operator may try carrying out the investment alone or it may seek a strategic partner, and the latter option would probably involve setting up a broader logistics solution, the minister said.

According to Černač, this is however not an attempt to revive the previous cabinet's proposal for merging Luka Koper, shipping company Intereuropa and railway operator Slovenske železnice into a logistics holding, as the idea does not have the support of the three companies.

Moving to other projects linked to the Koper Port, the minister said the deepening of the seabed in the port would need to be finished this year, as the EUR 10-15m project is largely funded by the EU.

The long-awaited construction of a second railway track between the port and the rail hub in Divača is meanwhile "still pretty far", Černač noted, as the project still lacks an environmental permit and all the land for the track has not yet been purchased.

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