Greece has taken a significant stride in bolstering its yachting industry by introducing the innovative electronic application “e-Charter Permission.” Launched in December 2023, this platform signifies a shift in Greece’s stance toward a digitalised yachting environment that simplifies processes, paving the way for new avenues of growth in 2024. Read on to find out more.
A Centralised Platform
In essence, the “e-Charter Permission” serves as a comprehensive solution for all yachting stakeholders, offering a streamlined and simplified approach to navigate the intricacies of the industry. This centralised platform seamlessly integrates with existing governmental systems, ensuring smooth data exchange, and heightened efficiency.
A Solid Monitoring Mechanism
The introduction of “e-Charter Permission” goes beyond streamlining. It establishes a robust mechanism for recording, monitoring, and controlling the activities of the yachts operating under its license. This comprehensive oversight contributes to enhanced safety standards and regulatory compliance, aligning Greece with other nations that have also focused on improved outcomes for their respective industries.
The implications of this technological advancement also extend far beyond streamlined operations. The release of the potential of maritime tourism is expected to fuel significant growth within the domestic yachting sector, creating new job opportunities and attracting commercial yachts to choose Greek ports as homeports. This, in turn, will drive the overall economic development of the country as Greece seeks to expand its thriving blue economy.
Greek’s National Maritime Development Strategy
Greece aims to expand its thriving blue economy.
Beyond mere streamlining, the introduction of “e-Charter Permission” establishes a robust mechanism for recording, monitoring, and controlling the activities of vessels operating under this license. This comprehensive oversight contributes to improved safety standards and regulatory compliance, aligning Greece with other nations prioritising enhanced outcomes for their respective industries.
Hopefully, this drives significant growth within the domestic yachting sector, creating job opportunities and enticing commercial yachts to choose Greek ports as their homeports.
Details of Charter Permission for Commercial Yachts in Greece
The electronic application “e-Charter Permission” issued by the Greek government gives permission for the operation of commercial yachts under a foreign flag of more than 35m (excluding wooden boats) in Greek waters.
There are two types of licenses:
- “Charter Permission” for charter contracts entirely within Greek territory
- “Charter Permission Plus” for charter contracts with either the start or end point within Greece. The initial license duration is set at 28 days, subject to modification based on specific conditions
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