The cruise trade is feeling the brunt of ongoing strikes at ports in Thessaloniki and Piraeus, with potential losses reaching 12 million euros this month, Theodore Kontes, the president of Union of Cruise Shipowners and Related Members (EEKFN), stated on Monday.
“There was a change in routes in the previous couple of days for ships sure for the port of Piraeus, as they may not accommodate baggage transport for cruise ship passengers,” stated Mr Kontes, including that the passengers of liners that did handle to dock have been confronted with difficulties.
The union’s president underlines that ought to such actions proceed, damages will snowball within the coming months. He added that there are stories of a number of operators contemplating altering locations, which can result in a damaging picture of Greece’s largest port on the peak of the season and canceled visits to different ports within the nation.
In accordance with EEKFN knowledge, the influence of the strikes for June 2016 has led to a drop by 45,000-50,000 in in-transit passengers; a discount by 25,000-30,000 of house porting vacationers; a lower of tourism income by some 3.5-4 million euros; decreased income from ports/airports by 2-2.5 million euros.
Within the meantime, port workers have stated they are going to proceed to carry repeated 48-hour strikes right this moment and on Wednesday, demanding the safety of their labor rights following the the privatizations of the Piraeus (OLP) and Thessaloniki (TPA) port authority.