New regs for Greece. Fines threat­ened over DEPKA forms

Fines threat­ened over new DEPKA papers

Motorboat & Yachting - - News -

New reg­u­la­tions af­fect­ing boat own­ers cruis­ing in Greek wa­ters have been put into place. All craft must have the new pa­per­work in place by Septem­ber or risk be­ing fined, ac­cord­ing to the Cruis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (CA).

The cur­rent DEPKA doc­u­ment, which all boat own­ers had to have stamped an­nu­ally and carry with the ship’s papers to al­low them to cruise in Greek wa­ters, has been re­placed by a new form with a dif­fer­ent pay­ment process that en­sures the money goes di­rectly to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

To ob­tain the new DEKPA, boat own­ers need to present the fol­low­ing orig­i­nal papers to the near­est Port Po­lice of­fice: the boat’s regis­tra­tion doc­u­ment; in­sur­ance cer­tifi­cate (in Greek); pass­port for ev­ery per­son on the regis­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate (this could be a prob­lem for shared-own­er­ship yachts); ICC or equiv­a­lent skip­per’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion. The Port Po­lice then gen­er­ate a billing form en­abling you to pay the €50 fee at the Na­tional Bank. Once you have a re­ceipt for this, the Port Po­lice will then is­sue the new DEPKA doc­u­ment.

A CA mem­ber said that to get over the po­ten­tial prob­lem of all syndicate own­ers go­ing to the Port Po­lice of­fice at once, they used a lo­cal yacht club known to the of­fice to val­i­date the shared own­er­ship.

All boat own­ers must have the new DEPKA by Septem­ber 26 or fines will be im­posed.

All boat own­ers must have their new forms in place by Septem­ber 26 or fines will be im­posed

All boat own­ers cruis­ing in Greek wa­ters will need the new DEPKA doc­u­ment

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