Ferry Shipping News asked the Chairman of the Hellenic Passenger Shipping Business Association (PSBA), Mr. Michalis Sakellis, about the Greek Ferry Scene developments within the covid-19 environment.
1. Mr Chairman, what is the current situation within the Hellenic Coastal Shipping and which is the role of the PSBA?
The Hellenic Coastal Shipping has a significant social and national role and is going to face great challenges (fleet age, new environmental regulations, LNG fuel etc). In it, there are 105 active ferries that serve the islands and offer excellent services year-round. Today, we are entering a decade of great developments and many problems that we should solve.
The major challenges that we have to deal with are:
- the need to renew the Hellenic Ferry Fleet, which is growing in age
- the fact that we are forced to withdrew those ships that will not be able to adapt or operate within the new environmental circumstances that have been developed
- the additional burden due to the designation of the Mediterranean as an Emission Control Area (ECA) area
- the lack of used ships -within the International market- that are environmentally friendly and suitable for the Greek ferry service.