Greek clampdown intensifies
Greek authorities have intensified their campaign against illegal charter operators over the peak sailing season. New guidelines have been issued by the Greek Ministry of Shipping, stating that commercial vessels carrying undeclared guests could face fines of €5,000 to €25,000 and criminal prosecution, while owners of private yachts with paying guests could be fined up to €60,000 and face criminal charges.
Any boat caught will be impounded until fines are paid. The Greek Yachting Association warns that skippers will be liable for additional fines, the boat’s papers seized and guests put ashore.
More than 500 yachts are thought to be operating illegally in Greece, so all charterers should check that their yacht is registered.
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