"Piraeus, the world's fastest growing port, will be the largest port in the Mediterranean by 2019," the German newspaper Die Zeit said a few months ago, predicting that "if it continues at this pace, it will replace Hamburg in the third place in Europe." "The transport of goods has more than tripled over the last years in Piraeus. Container traffic increased by 6.4 pct in 2017 compared to 2016, from piers II and III of the port of Piraeus, managed by the Piraeus Container Terminal. In absolute numbers: In 2017, 3,691 million containers were transported (Teus) compared with 3,471 million in 2016. In 2018 we can surpass the five million," said Zhang Anming, deputy general manager of COSCO Shipping's subsidiary PCT at Piraeus.