Merchant Marine Minister of Greece Christos Papoutsis told reporters recently that the government has prepared the final draft if a new bill…
Merchant Marine Minister of Greece Christos Papoutsis told reporters recently that the government has prepared the final draft if a new bill for the deregulation of passenger shipping industry. The bill is now going to be sent to parliament was completed after responses earlier in March from parties involved in the market. Aside from the deregulation, the bill will also oblige passenger shipping companies to lower the age ceiling for ships to 30 from 35 years, staggered until 2008, instead of 2006.
In the meantime, Papoutsis is scheduled to leave for an official visit to the United States on May 6-9 where he will hold talks with the commander of the US Coastguard, the chief of the Drug Enforcement Agency and other government officials on matters concerning shipping safety and emergency situations.
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