A True Safe Haven
Greece’s many marinas offer a high quality service, improved by the recent drive to create an integrated network of anchoring and services along the country’s coasts.
In addition to the docking places provided by public or private marinas, around 3,000 yachts can be accommodated in the Greek ports. Many have created smaller, more picturesque and safe mooring spaces for yachts with the construction of piers and sea walls. Such spaces can be found in the ports of Mikrolímano in Piraeus, on the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses, Zákynthos, Ithaca, Kefaloniá, Lefkada, Paxí, Ios, Mykonos, Patmos, Symi, Samos, Lesbos amongst others.
Commercial ports are supervised by the port authorities of each region. Yachts using the ports of the country are obliged to pay port dues as specified by the regulations of the competent Ministry of Mercantile Marine. The docking dues are paid at the Port Authorities of each region to the Port Fund and are calculated on the basis of yacht category, the metres of the yacht’s total length, the registered tons of total capacity and the duration of docking in the port.
Diesel fuel is available to yachts in many ports of the country and oil companies have a well-organised coastal network of fuel stations on the islands and the continental coasts of Greece. Moreover some companies have small tankers which are in effect floating fuel stations for the servicing of yachts. In the larger ports of the country fuel is charged at current prices while in more remote areas a small surcharge is added to cover the transportation cost.
Vessels are no longer entitled to transit fuel. All vessels, without exception, are obliged to use diesel fuel which has the natural yellow-white colour of oil (non coloured).
This is usually sold at gas stations and not at pumps near the pier.
Although all types of lubricants are sold in Greece, you may not find them in the more remote islands. Yachts on extended trips should therefore carry reserves of necessary lubricants.
Water is provided on the pier or is transported by road to the ports. It is recommended to check prices with the port authorities of the region. Due to water shortage on some islands during the summer, it may be difficult to replenish water supplies so skippers are advised to keep adequate reserves onboard.
Other supplies – provisions – equipment
As far as food, ice, gas and other goods are concerned, in most of the country’s ports you can buy these from private outlets or through the organised networks of the oil companies. For information consult the port authorities.
In most Greek coastal areas and near the ports of the mainland and the bigger islands, most types of boat repairs and service are carried out. Some medium or small-scale repairs may be possible in the smaller ports and on the more remote islands.
Private yachts, either under the Greek flag or under foreign flag, are not entitled to tax-free delivery of equipment and supplies, such as fuel, lubricants, food and other goods.