The port of Piraeus on Saturday welcomed some 10,000 cruise passengers as dock staff continued an prolonged strike for the third week.
The 48-hour rolling strikes had been launched by port staff in late Could in demand for the safety of their labor rights following the the privatizations of the Piraeus (OLP) and Thessaloniki (TPA) port authority.
On Saturday, seven cruise ships reportedly arrived in Piraeus and one other vessel was diverted to the port of Lavrio. Because of the absence of companies on the port, the employees from the cruise ships had been obliged to deal with baggage and conduct different companies.
“There was a small inconvenience for passengers, however we have no idea how the (cruise) corporations will understand this”, Theodore Kontes, the president of Union of Cruise Shipowners and Related Members (EEKFN), mentioned to the media.
Mr Kontes famous that already the primary outcomes of the strikes are damaging as previous to the arrival of the Carnival Vista cruise ship (with 4,000 passengers) to Piraeus on June 20, firm officers are already looking for another transit port.
EEKFN’s president warned that the strikes will endanger not solely the present season, however the way forward for Greece’s cruise tourism. Already, Holland America Line, a Carnival Company subsidiary, has reportedly warned that it could exclude Piraeus from its itineraries sooner or later.
In line with experiences, the strike of the dock staff additionally affected the traditional operate of the port of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.
Greek tourism our bodies have expressed concern for the state of affairs contemplating the main efforts which were made normally to draw extra cruise liners to Greece.
On Friday, in separate statements, the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) and the Federation of Hellenic Associations of Vacationer & Journey Companies (fedHATTA) referred to as for the federal government to safeguard the cruise trade.
“The state should proceed instantly with all essential steps to proceed the dialogue with the dock staff for the return of ‘labor peace’”, SETE mentioned.
Likewise, fedHATTA referred to as for dialogue, labor peace, normalcy and high quality service to the vacationers in Greece.
In line with the federation, already one worldwide cruise firm has warned that it’s going to cease conducting “turnarounds” (passengers disembark the ship and go away and new passengers are checked in and board the vessel) from Piraeus port.
“It’s sure that different cruise strains will comply with and it will convey apparent penalties for Greek cruise tourism”, fedHATTA harassed.