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At Least Four Dead in Greek Speedboat Crash Near Aegina

An eight-meter speed craft crashed into a tourist boat on Tuesday killing at least four people and leaving five injured near the Saronic Gulf island of Aegina.

Licensing Bill Thwarts Greece Waterway Network Progress

A new draft law covering license procedures, construction and operation of waterways in Greece is putting a damper on any waterway plans and projects currently underway, said leading investor Hellenic Seaplanes.
Posted On 08 Aug 2016

XRTC Analysts Say Greek Ferry Shipping Facing Airline Competition

Considered by foreign banks as the “Greek Risk”, Greece’s ferry shipping industry is faced with little financial support, which in addition to a series of internal and external factors, is taking a toll on the sector’s performance, according to an annual report released by XRTC...
Posted On 03 Aug 2016

Thessaloniki to Welcome Fewer Cruise Ships but More Passengers in 2016

Fewer cruise ships are expected to dock at the port of Thessaloniki in 2016 compared to the previous year.
Posted On 02 Aug 2016

Greece’s 28-Member Cruise Affairs Coordinating Committee Meets for 1st Time

The framework of operation, challenges, developments and priorities of Greece’s cruise industry were the focus of the first meeting of the National Coordinating Committee for Cruise Affairs held on Wednesday, at Piraeus Port Authority headquarters.

A Full-day Yachting Experience with Sounio Cruise

Whether sunbathing on the deck is your thing or snorkelling in crystal clear waters, Sounio Cruise is ready to make your dreams come true offering daily cruises on board small yachts to Sounion.

Hellenic Seaways Launches New Ferry ‘Nissos Samos’ with Friendly Rates

A new ferry operated by Hellenic Seaways is set to hit Greek waters on Friday, serving Piraeus - Mesta Chios - Mytilini - Limnos - Thessaloniki the company said this week. With a capacity of 2,200 passengers, the Nissos Samos’ first voyage will be inaugurated later today by...

Cruising the Mediterranean & Challenges for 2017

Terrorism, capital controls, the economic crisis, the refugee influx, Brexit and the Turkey coup last week have forced cruise companies to change their itineraries for 2017 cutting out many Mediterranean destinations.

Rafina Port Event to Focus on Greek Ferry Traveler Rights

Traveling on a Greek ferry? Do you know your rights? A special event on July 22 at the port of Rafina will inform passengers of their rights and all they need to know in case of delays and cancellations.
Posted On 21 Jul 2016

Homeporting Picks Up Pace at Piraeus, Cruise Passengers Welcomed with Shows

The Greek port of Piraeus has seen its homeporting cruise traffic rise by 14 percent in the first half of the year thanks in large part to major cruise companies like Celestyal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises and...
Posted On 20 Jul 2016

Greece 3rd Favorite Europe Cruise Destination

Besides being one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe, cruise travel employs some 10,000 people who contribute over 188 million euros annually to the Greek economy, according to the latest report by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Posted On 22 Jun 2016

Greek Ports Fail to Attract Cruise Tourism, Miss Out on €1.3bn Yearly

Greek ports have failed to draw in cruise travel despite the lifting of cabotage restrictions and are missing out by 1.3 billion euros in annual revenue, a report by Athens-based non-profit research organisation diaNEOsis revealed recently.
Posted On 17 Jun 2016

No Change in EU Tax Guidelines for Shipping, Commissioner Bulc Says

The European Commission does not intend to alter the existing guidelines, regarding the taxation of shipping activities, Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said during a joint press conference with the Union of Greek Shipowners President Theodore Veniamis on the sidelines of the...

Port Strikes Cause Trouble for Greek Cruise Tourism

The port of Piraeus on Saturday welcomed some 10,000 cruise passengers as dock workers continued an extended strike for the third week.
Posted On 12 Jun 2016

Greek Shipowners Have Clout on the Seas, 16% Global Market in their Hands

Despite the trials and tribulations facing Greece with the ongoing debt crisis taking its toll, the country’s shipping sector is demonstrating impressive resilience, boosting its hold in the international market as the largest player.

Greek Port Strikes a Set Back for Cruise Revenue

The cruise industry is feeling the brunt of ongoing strikes at ports in Thessaloniki and Piraeus, with potential losses reaching 12 million euros this month, stated Mr Theodore Kontes, the president of Union of Cruise Shipowners and Associated Members (EEKFN).

Tenders Kick Off for Remote Island Ferry Services in Greece

The Greek Shipping and Island Policy Ministry recently announced the launch of tenders to secure exclusive three-year contracts for 93 remote island ferry routes.
Posted On 06 May 2016

Greek Sailors Call Four-day Strike on May 6-10

The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) announced on Thursday that it will hold a four-day strike in Greece in all ship categories starting from 6 am on Friday, May 6, until 6 am on Tuesday, May 10.
Posted On 05 May 2016

Greek Gov’t Pushes for New Port Regulatory System

Shipping and Island Policy Minister Thodoris Dritsas said last week that the government would go ahead with a law for the re-establishment of the Regulatory Authority for Ports as an independent entity as well as the creation of a Public Ports Authority and a Regional Piraeus...
Posted On 05 May 2016

PNO: No Ferries in Greece on May 8 Due to Strike

The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) announced on Tuesday that it will participate in the 24-hour strike called by the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) on Sunday, May 8.
Posted On 26 Apr 2016