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Major Meeting for the Development of the Cruise Industry in Greece Scheduled for Monday

The developmental prospects of the cruise sector in Greece will be tabled at a meeting on Monday 22 December between Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Merchant Marine Minister Miltiades Varvitsiotis.

Ministries Pave The Way For Seaplanes To Service Greece

The Greek ministries of Transport and Merchant Marine are moving full speed ahead to finalize details relating to the creation of waterways for seaplane flights in Greece.
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Seaplanes Included On Greek Merchant Marine Minister’s Agenda

Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis said the Greek Government would offer its full support to the bill that simplifies the licensing and operation of waterways in Greek waters.
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Passenger Traffic At Piraeus Increases During Easter Holiday

Passenger traffic at Piraeus Port is up by 25 percent compared to last year, Merchant Marine Minister Kostis Mousouroulis said on Thursday 2 May.

Louis Hellenic Cruises Inaugurates Latest Ship

Last month, Louis Hellenic Cruises inaugurated the "Sea Diamond," the latest cruise ship to join its fleet, with blessing of the ship followed with speeches by the Ministers of Tourism Develop and Merchant Marine, among others. The ceremony ended with the raising of the Greek...

Crete Plans Construction of New International Airport

A new international airport costing more than 1 billion euros will be built on Crete, according to a government announcement. The new airport will be able to serve 5,000 holidaymakers at a time and will also serve as a transport hub for air cargo in the eastern Mediterranean.

Nel Lines Acquires New Vessels and Merges with C-Link

As we go to press, shareholders of Nel-Lesvos Maritime are being asked to back a 23-million capital increase that will be used in part to acquire five used vessels. Two of the vessels are passenger ferries with Cypriot flags and three are ro-ro vessels under the Greek flag.

More Coastal Shipping Mergers And Alliances

Talk around the Piraeus harbor area these days centers on a plethora of meetings being held in a general effort to form new coastal shipping alliances and merges, such as the rumored alliance between Attica Enterprises (Superfast Ferries) and Minoan Lines. Then there's the merger...

New Coastal Shipping Routes

Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis last month presented a new draft bill for coastal shipping. It includes a schedule of shipping routes that cover the whole country and one that is binding for passenger shipping firms.

Coastal Fare Hikes Up To 20%

Coastal shipping companies are expected to ask Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis to consent to fare hikes of up to 20 percent. They also called on him to extend the increased summer-season fare schedule into the winter. Ferry operators say higher insurance premiums are...

Coastal Shipping Companies Unhappy With New Legislation

Greece's coastal shipping companies say new legislation that aims to liberalize the sector and open Greek routes to competition counters free enterprise and allows for greater state intervention. They even went as far as to say the bill creates the risk of placing some companies...

First Steps Taken In Coastal Shipping Deregulation

Greek Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis last month took the first major step for the deregulation of the domestic passenger-shipping sector. With the issuance of new exploitation permits for island routes, the ministry breaks up the near-monopoly some larger ferry lines...

Ferry Lines Demand Price Increases Or Increased Sailings

The continued rise of oil prices leaves Greek passenger shipping firms, especially the domestic operators, facing very serious losses. The situation is compounded by the rise of the dollar, which increases their liabilities to banks and insurance firms as a great part of these...

Committee Formed To Study Coastal Shipping Deregulation

Greek Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis last month set up an independent committee of respected personalities and experts to draft framework legislation for the deregulation of the country's coastal shipping sector.

Strintzis Proudly Presents Blue Star Ithaki And Blue Star 1

Besides celebrating the arrival of new vessels, Strinztis Lines, now know as Blue Star Ferries, has received government approval to place its Blue Island and Blue Galaxy vessels in the Patras- Heraklion route as of July 2. The vessels depart from Patras every Sunday at 20:00 and...

Mergers Turn 20 Ferry Lines Into Three, But Some Routes Monopolized

"Sales commission for travel agents has been reduced; there are fewer discounts available; special group rates have been abolished; and prices have risen more than 20% on some routes."