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Aqua Jewel on the dock of Neos Molos Drapetsonas near the port of Piraeus; before acquired by Seajets Aqua Jewel was used by NEL, a Greek Shipping company that went bankrupt in 2016. February 2015 Photo: Angelos Christofilopoulos / FOS PHOTOS

How a “Ghost-ship” Abandoned Passengers and Left an Island in Despair

The pin indicates where the island of Anafi is located.
The pin indicates where the island of Anafi is located.

“Your ship, in several cases, did not fulfill its obligations in a satisfactory way. Indicatively, we mention that there were many route cancellations, without sufficient justification, in the middle of the tourist season. We, the isolated Cyclades islanders, in the year 2019, we consider this lack of professionalism and punctuality from your side at least completely unacceptable. It is a matter of dignity, whichever the route change, to be timely posted on the web so that both professionals and tourists can clearly see the ship's itinerary. The fact that, whenever you want, you send us another ship in the place of the official one, without any updating (in the system), cannot be perceived as a service, but rather as a mockery towards our island”.

The vessel Aqua Jewel
The boat Maistros. Photo: Gianluca Chimenti marinetraffic.com
Syros-Paros-Naxos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios-Thirasia-Thira-Anafi

“You have brought us to despair and we have experienced great anxiety when, with a sudden announcement, you simply canceled our island’s sea route link with civilization and we were called upon to solve a puzzle as to the reason for this cancellation as well as deal with all the inconvenience this caused.” They also requested a written update regarding “the fate of itineraries.”

The island of Anafi, Cyclades, Greece 2012. Photo: Andreas Simopoulos / FOS PHOTOS
Caldera Vista or HSC Master Jet. Photo from the company website.

“d) SYROS — PAROS — NAXOS — FOLEGANDROS — SIKINOS — IOS — THIRASIA — THIRA-ANAFI and return, with two (02) weekly routes every Tuesday and Saturday from Syros, overnight stay at Anafi and return the next day, for a subsidy of thirty thousand one hundred Euros (30,100.00 €), per full trip, to the company named JUMBO JET SH.C., shipowner of the , for the period until 31/10/2020, subject to the following terms and conditions, which the contractor accepts unconditionally.”

Vessels docked at the port of Piraeus in 2016. Photo: Panayiotis Tzamaros / FOS PHOTOS

“To carry out all routes continuously and in full, in accordance with the relevant itinerary defining decrees of the Directorate for Maritime Transportations.”

“The execution of the approved itinerary is obligatory for the concessionary. Change is subject to the approval of the Minister of Shipping and Islands Policy or the body to which the competence has been delegated or the authorization to do so has been granted. Denial of acceptance or performance of the service by the shipowner shall result in his disqualification from this Contract and from all his rights deriving from it”.

which, during the contract period is due to follow the aforementioned itinerary, may be replaced by, with the above-agreed subsidy, subject to the approval of the Minister of Shipping and Islands Policy or the body to which the competence has been delegated or the authorization to do so was granted.”

View from the Monastery on Anafi Island, Cyclades, 2012 Photo: Andreas Simopoulos / FOS PHOTOS

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