The Greek Transport and Island Coverage Ministry introduced this week the launch of tenders to safe unique three-year contracts for 93 distant island ferry routes.
On the identical time, cruise ship corporations are warning that if contract charges aren’t adjusted providers working distant island routes will stop. In line with enterprise consultants XRTC report, the nation’s ferry fleet is shrinking. Indicatively, final yr the fleet numbered 66 ships, in comparison with 2001 when there have been 125 vessels in operation.
Firms can be awarded the contracts based mostly on ship traits together with seating and sleeping capability, age, and floor measurement of the car loading space.
In view of the announcement, Michael Sakellis, Affiliation of Passenger Transport Firms (SEEN) president, informed Enthos every day that small islands will proceed to be serviced often, however warns that if leasing charges aren’t modified there’ll quickly be no ships working distant island routes as many present vessels are too previous. Mr Sakellis additionally confused the necessity for a fairer distribution of state subsidies for sea transport.