There are major delays in the coastal ferry boat connection from Salamina to Perama, since the shipping firms managing the ferry boats have not applied for the relevant insurance coverage, as mandated by the EU and the Ministry of Shipping.
At present there are only two ferry boats on the line, with a further 11 craft will be brought over to help. Information regarding the delays and situation are available from the coast guard authorities of Salamina (210-4677277) and Perama (210-4410441).
The two firms had until Monday evening to submit the relevant paper work, otherwise the Ministry would revoke their licenses and assign the coastal connection management to other shipping companies.
According to the insurance cover, passengers are to be fully compensated in case of an accident or damage incurred during the trip, while offering protection against maritime pollution.
The two ferry boat companies claim that the directive applies to seafaring ships and requested a two month deadline extension to comply. The Ministry countered the argument that all ship owning companies beyond Salamina have already complied with the directive.