Greek clam­p­down in­ten­si­fies

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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.

Yacht char­ter­ers are los­ing out on il­le­gal yachts

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