“We have with diligence begun to upgrade the coastal shipping sector with as many new vessels as possible, which are much more reliable and modern, as a sign of respect and service to the passenger,” said Kouroublis, who described the ferries as “Greece’s best ambassadors”.
The minister went on to add that the launch of the country’s highly-anticipated waterway network was next on the agenda. “The seaplanes issue was very complicated… but now the draft law is going to parliament and the network will soon become a reality,” he said.
Kouroublis said the launch of the “Mykonos Palace” created over 120 new jobs, adding that he would look into including Crete in the government’s transportation discount program as implemented on 49 other remote Greek islands last week.
The minister also said that by the end of the government’s four-year tenure, additional shipping lines will have been inaugurated.
Built in 2002, the 192-cabin “Mykonos Palace” can transport 1,912 passengers and 821 vehicles. The ferry departs daily at 4pm from the port of Piraeus, and at midnight from the port of Souda, Crete. The journey lasts six hours and 30 minutes.