Greek Shipping Minister Fotis Kouvelis announced on Thursday, that a ferry route linking the Ionian island of Corfu with the Othoni islands – also known as Diapontia Islands – would launch at the start of 2019, adding that the ministry would be announcing a call of interest in the coming period.
In the case of lacking interest, the minister said operators meeting the minimum transport capacity requirements of 50 passengers and a 70m2 vehicle space would take on the service for a period of three months until a new tender is announced. Damage to the ferry previously serving the islets led to cancellation of the route.
Kouvelis also said a Hellenic Coast Guard outpost would be set up on Erikoussa by next summer and referred to the potential for growth on the islands thanks to the government’s so-called “transport equivalent” program.
The scheme offers 49 remote Greek island territories special discounts for the transportation of goods. Business enterprises on these islands can register online at www.metaforikoisodynamo.gr.