Greece

119 positively tested onboard ferry in port of Piraeus

The passenger ferry “Eleftherios Venizelos” has been at the centre of attention after 119 outbreaks of COVID-19 had been reported onboard the vessel amongst its 380 passengers. The crew members who were negative for the COVID-19 test will be repatriated after being gradually transferred to hotels in Athens for the next 36 hours. However, passengers who are positive for COVID – 19 will remain in isolation on board for 14 days.

Port of Piraeus remains operational despite COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel bans that has brought, Greece informed that the shipping trade at the Port of Piraeus is still not impacted, as it remains operational. According to Xinhua, Greek port authorities haven’t put any restrictions to the import or export of cargo at the moment.

Greece applies 14-day quarantine to all visitors

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions that has brought, the Greek government announced that will put everyone arriving from abroad into a 14-day quarantine, in an effort against the disease.

Celestyal Cruises stops cruises due to COVID-19

Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the Athens-based cruise company, Celestyal Cruises, informed that will cancel its cruise operations until 1st of May 2020 to avoid the spread of the disease.

Blue Star Mykonos continues trip as COVID-19 test result is negative

Passenger ferry “Blue Star Mykonos” received the green light and depart from Port of Limnos, Greece, after the COVID-19 test results came back negative. Attica Group reported that, in line with the guidelines of National Public Health Organization and the Hellenic coast guard, the ferry is able to depart the port and continue its journey.

Pirates attack Greek tanker off Benin, one crew missing

Pirates attacked the Greek-flagged chemical tanker Minerva Virgo in the Gulf of Guinea, the ship’s management company said Thursday. Minerva Virgo was underway about 45 nm off Benin with 22 crew members onboard when 5-6 individuals boarded the ship. 

Vessel grounded off Kos

The Cook Islands-flagged cargo vessel ‘Von Perle’ grounded in the area of Ammoglossa, Kos, Greece, on March 1st. At the time of the incident, the ship was carrying 8 crewmembers, all of whom are healthy. No pollution was reported neither.

Piraeus Bank to provide new ship finance offering

After Piraeus Bank’s announcement on 12 July 2019 that it was exploring a possible partnership with a major Asian Pacific financial conglomerate, it has now entered into an exclusive, strategic collaboration agreement with ORIX Corporation, a Japan and US-listed company, for the provision of financing solutions to the Greek maritime sector.

BIMCO joins Japan for regulation of existing ships’ carbon intensity

Panama, Norway, Greece and other actors are co-sponsoring a proposal originally tabled by Japan to curb the carbon intensity of existing ships through use of an Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), much like the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) which is mandatory for new ships.

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