The Union of Greek shipowners, through the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company Syn-Enosis, provided to the Hellenic Coast Guard 10 high speed patrol vessels, fully equipped to boost the coast guard’s operations.
Specifically, the agreement was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Christos Staikouras and the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Mr. Ioannis Plakiotakis.
In light of this, Mr T. Veniamis, the President of the UGS and Syn-Enosis commented
The shipping industry as one of the main economic pillars of our country is determined to pull its weight and contribute substantially and in multiple ways to the difficult task of the Greek Government to meet the current challenges and the needs of the society. I am confident that these modern high-speed vessels will be a valuable tool for the Hellenic Coast Guard.
Recently, the UGS expressed their great worry and concern and highlighted that all shipping stakeholders should place the piracy incidents as a top priority, as they pose great challenges for the seafarers. This statement followed the event when pirates boarded a Greek-flagged tanker and took hostage 4 crewmembers, one Greek national, one Georgian and two Philippine nationals.