“Predictions present that over the subsequent two years cruises to the Mediterranean would be the world’s first alternative, outshining the half century dominance of cruises to the Caribbean.” This was simply one of many conclusions of the report regarding the lifting of cabotage restrictions within the Greek cruise trade.
Following Prime Minister Yiorgos Papandreou’s directions, consultations had been held final month amongst all businesses concerned on the lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flagged ships. Piraeus Port Authority President and CEO Yiorgos Anomeritis chaired the consultations.
After listening to the views of tourism and maritime professionals and Greek seamen, Mr. Anomeritis submitted a report back to the federal government that contained phrases and situations to permit non-E.U. flag cruise ships to embark/disembark in Greece. “The proposals purpose to bolster tourism in Greece and to guard Greek seamen,” he stated.
In response to the report, 83 % of the world cruise trade is “owned” by 5 main overseas corporations whose complete fleet is registered beneath non-E.U. flags. In 2009, solely 6.5 % of E.U.-flag cruise passengers embarked/disembarked in Greece, whereas Italy obtained 40 % of cruise passengers from ships of all flags.
With regard to Greek seamen labor rights, the stories steered the institution of a Service provider Delivery Employment Company that may be aimed to coach and educate Greek seamen and intervene to seek out work for them on non-E.U. flag ships that cruise in Greek waters.
The stories added that overseas cruise corporations which are to homeport in Greece could be urged to rent Greek crew members if they’re certified.
On its half, the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) rejected the conclusions of the report and referred to them as “unrealistic.”
PNO stated that if non-E.U. flag cruise ships berth at Greek ports, unfair competitors on the expense of the employment of Greek seamen and Greek-flag cruise ships would happen.
The federation stated that Greek seamen would reply with labor mobilizations.