New regs for Greece. Fines threatened over DEPKA forms
Fines threatened over new DEPKA papers
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boat owners had to have stamped annually and carry with the ship’s papers to allow them to cruise in Greek waters, has been replaced by a new form with a different payment process that ensures the money goes directly to the relevant authorities.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