Cabotage restrictions have to be lifted instantly so foreign-flag cruise ships might use Greek harbors as homeports by 2011, President of the Greek Shipowners’ Affiliation for Passenger Ships Markos Foros confused throughout a press convention final month.
Mr. Foros underlined that he helps the abolition of cabotage so long as 25 Greek seamen are recruited in nautical positions both on land or at sea.
Based on the affiliation, if the Greek authorities does raise the cabotage legislation (which might enable the embarkation/disembarkation of passengers on foreign-flag cruise ships in Greek ports), the nationwide economic system would acquire some 1.1 billion euros per 12 months.
Based on the affiliation’s president, the abolition of cabotage would contribute to growth with out the necessity for subsidies.
Mr. Foros additionally underlined that the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation is completely towards the lifting of the cabotage legislation. “We respect the Greek navy, however the sailors should see the general good and never what solely is nice for his or her federation,” he mentioned.
“Cabotage must be lifted instantly so we’re in time for the 2011 season… The Ministry agrees and all that’s left is for the seafarers unions to agree,” he confused.