“The draft regulation (on the lifting of cabotage) has phrases which might be collectively acceptable by all businesses that cope with the cruise situation in order that Greece will turn out to be a sea cruise heart for the complete Mediterranean,” Financial system, Competitiveness and Delivery Minister Louka Katseli mentioned after an interministerial assembly on the difficulty of cabotage.
In late Could, consultations amongst businesses concerned on the lifting of cabotage restrictions for non-European Union flagged ships have been accomplished and a last report was delivered to the federal government to arrange a draft regulation.
Nonetheless, in accordance with the Hellenic Chamber of Resorts, Prime Minister Yiorgos Papandreou’s choice on the lifting of cabotage has been applied with “legislative necessities of the Seventies.”
In response to studies, earlier than the interministerial assembly on cabotage, Ms. Katseli met with the Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) and the draft regulation that foresees the lifting of cabotage restrictions was significantly watered down.
PNO had strongly opposed the laws in its authentic kind, which noticed a full lifting of cabotage restrictions, in concern that it will result in job losses for Greek employees.
In response to the “revised draft regulation,” non-Greek flag vessels should make use of an unspecified variety of Greek seamen. The ships would even be obliged to pay a levy that will rely upon the variety of cruise passengers they’re carrying. The proceeds of this levy would help a fund established to re-train seamen and discover work for unemployed seafarers in addition to pay unemployment advantages.
The revised draft regulation additionally obliges non-E.U. flag ships to make use of the identical base port for the beginning and end of their cruise route, go to at the least three different Greek ports and stay docked in every one for at the least six hours earlier than finishing the route.
“Tourism professionals and businessmen specific grief every single day regarding the vital loss as they see cabotage remaining intact,” the Hellenic Chamber of Resorts mentioned. In response to the chamber, the draft regulation units circumstances and phrases that no cruise firm would settle for.
The chamber commented on the situation in accordance with which cruise ships can be obliged to sail in Greek territorial waters for at the least 72 hours after docking at their base port. “These are anachronistic rules,” the chamber mentioned.
On its half, the Affiliation of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) mentioned that Greece would nonetheless be thought of a “problematic cruise vacation spot” on condition that the draft regulation for the lifting of cabotage incorporates quite a few “discouraging phrases.”
At a press convention final month Piraeus Port Authority President and CEO Yiorgos Anomeritis mentioned the lifting of cabotage is particular however beneath circumstances for non-E.U. flag cruise ships.
Mr. Anomeritis underlined that tourism professionals should perceive that transport has guidelines.
In a separate press convention, PNO mentioned it agreed to the reformed draft regulation “on the situation that it secures employment for Greek seafarers on non-Greek flagged cruise ships.”
By the point we went to print the draft regulation had but to be tabled in parliament.
In an effort to underline the variations between a transit and a home-porting cruise, the Affiliation of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) despatched Greek media documented and detailed info on the advantages for quite a lot of enterprise sectors if the cabotage regulation have been lifted.
“Cruise ships that use Greek ports (primarily Piraeus Port) for brief visits that vary from 4 to 6 hours, produce a mean price of 65 euros per transit cruise passenger,” SETE mentioned.
However, when Greek ports are used as a foundation for home-porting (the identical passengers embark and disembark on the identical port) passengers stay on the vacation spot two or three days (as a substitute of 4 to 6 hours of transit) earlier than or after the cruise.