The UNANP Mr.. Giannis Plakiotakis at the opening of "KYDON PALACE"
"For the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy, the steady improvement of the already high quality of the transport project in the coastal shipping is particularly important and one way ", he stressed ………the Minister of Marine and Island Policy, Mr. Giannis Plakiotakis during the opening ceremony of the passenger-vehicle ferry "Kydon Palace" of the Minoan Lines which has been launched on the line that connects Piraeus with Chania of Crete.
"With the 15% of the population of our homeland to live on the islands ", emphasized Mr.. Plakiotakis, "And the millions who visit them every year, the safe, Fast and quality service in coastal shipping is an important indicator of quality of life, decisive condition for the connection of the islands with mainland Greece, but also a critical parameter for attracting foreign visitors and the development of tourism.
That's why ", pointed out, "during the last year, we proceeded with institutional interventions in coastal shipping, while, of course, we have supported and continue to support our sailors and shipping companies, in order to deal with the economic consequences of the pandemic.
At a time when the successful treatment of the new crown in our country has allowed the return to normalcy, but also the opening of tourism, of course by observing all the necessary protection measures, the launch of "Kydon Palace" contributes to achieving the goals I described to you, strengthens the overall effort for tourism in this difficult year, but it is also an investment for the years to come ", Mr. reached. Plakiotakis.