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Re: Bringing back the ferries between Israel Cyprus and Gree

Postby supporttheunderdog » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:02 pm

The bulk of the trade was always Greece/Israel and adding Cyprus was the icing on the cake. The service died in 2001 due to the Intifada and other problems in Isreal: no tourist wanted to be blown-up.
Cyprus to Greece was and may well remain not viable as a passenger ferry operation, though there are several freight only RoRo cargo ships that carry trailers.

Good luck to bringing it back.
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Re: Bringing back the ferries between Israel Cyprus and Gree

Postby Jerry » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:43 pm

Bring back the Messapia and Enotria :D :D
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Re: Bringing back the ferries between Israel Cyprus and Gree

Postby CBBB » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:51 pm

They have been talking about reinstating the ferries between Cyprus and Greece for years, BUT there is some legislation problem involved.

Roll on Roll off ferries deal ‘very close’

By Poly Pantelides
Published on June 16, 2011

A FERRY service deal linking Cyprus to the rest of the Mediterranean is edging closer with Greece expected to amend its shipping legislation in a move which will end the island’s isolation from the seas for travellers.

Communications Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis told the House yesterday that a presidential decree from Greece should be issued by next week to allow for roll on roll off ferries to carry a maximum of 12 passengers at one go between Cyprus and Greece.

This would end Cyprus’ isolation - a fact highlighted last year when the Icelandic ash cloud grounded flights and stranded travellers.

It would also allow for a four-country ferry service deal between Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Israel.

Marcoullis was optimistic about the deal’s progress.

It “might result in a European Union support of up to 70 per cent of the functional expenses of a company which will initiate the service,” she said.

Internal problems in Greece had delayed changes to Greek legislation, Marcoullis said.

She added that the Christofias government has also been “processing the wider issue of a ferry connection for six /seven months now”.

A bit over a year ago, Marcoullis announced plans to reopen the passenger route from Limassol to Lavrion, Greece for car ferries. At the time, roll on Roll off ferries were mentioned as a temporary solution until a full car ferry service could be established.

Ferry services have been suspended since the 1990s.

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/roll- ... e/20110616
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Re: Bringing back the ferries between Israel Cyprus and Gree

Postby supporttheunderdog » Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:32 pm

i would have thought that if any EU flagged certificated in accordance with SOLAS for 12 passengers wanted to trade between Greece and Cyprus than any Greek law preventing this would fall foul of EU law.
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Re: Bringing back the ferries between Israel Cyprus and Gree

Postby CBBB » Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:50 pm

supporttheunderdog wrote:i would have thought that if any EU flagged certificated in accordance with SOLAS for 12 passengers wanted to trade between Greece and Cyprus than any Greek law preventing this would fall foul of EU law.


It seems bloody daft to me and I have used the ferries in the past, they were packed in the summer!
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Postby SKI-preo » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:21 am

I took a Ferry to both Egypt and Israel when I was kid. Have their been government studies recording the massive drop Hatzies? Maybe the Church of Cyprus can sponsor the ferry.
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