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Greek Government Promotes Support For Local Shipping National Register

Greek government promotes support for local shipping national register

The Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy promotes a package of new measures aimed at halting the leakage of ships from the National Register to registers outside the European Union, as well as strengthening the competitiveness of the Greek seafarer. Fourteen whole years after the previous legislation, with huge and continuous changes in international maritime transport, the government, consistent in its commitments, proceeds to the
necessary modernization of the institutional framework of the Greek shipping industry. Purpose, on the one hand, the strengthening of the economic benefit and the social dividend for the country and the Greek society and on the other hand, the strengthening of the employment of the Greek sailors. The new measures, at the core of which is the removal of disincentives and the streamlining of procedures related to the selection of the Greek flag, will be integrated into the existing stable and constitutionally enshrined institutional framework for the registration of seagoing ships. The measures provide greater flexibility in crew employment conditions, reflect international best practices in the alien crew tax regime and promote maritime training. As the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Mr. Giannis Plakiotakis, emphasized, “Although the Greek ship ownership maintains its world leadership, today only 16.7% of the Greek-owned tonnage bears the Greek flag. This has adverse consequences for the image of the country, as well as for maritime employment and maritime know-how. The package we are announcing today “, he pointed out ,” aims to reverse this image. We are setting new bases for the development of our shipping, which meet the modern conditions. At this point I want to thank the leadership of the Ministries of Finance and Development and Investment, as well as the Administration of NAT. for constructive cooperation. The first reactions of the social partners to the competitiveness measures were very positive. Our aim is to give new life to the Greek register, by registering new Greek-owned seagoing ships, in order to stop a declining course of more than 30 years. Today, more than 4,000 Greek-owned ships fly a flag other than the Greek one. We want to send a strong message to Greek shipowners that the Greek government is close to them, listens to their needs and that the blue and white, with the quality features and flexibility it provides through the new measures, is the most reliable choice. We look forward to the positive response of the Greek shipping community, ship ownership and seafaring, so that in a time of challenges this national goal can be achieved”, concluded Mr. Plakiotakis. Source: Government of Greece

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