TYBA Letter to All Colleagues, Agents and Brokers About New Regulatory Procedures in Greece

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Association of Yacht Brokers of Turkey, I am sorry to inform you that on 6 July 2017, the Ministry of Maritime and Island Policies of the Hellenic Republic published and published the attached letter on the clarification and implementation of the Greek Law No. 4256/2014 to its relevant authorities. Regulates charter arrangements in Greece. These methods unfortunately place many Turkish and non-Turkish yacht owners who have already booked their holidays, many Turkish and non-Turkish yacht brokers, and many Turkish and non-Turkish yacht charter clients in a very difficult position and to avoid unnecessary suffering to all parties involved. should be reconsidered and evaluated.

The products we all love, market and offer – charter yachts – are clearly a mobile product, and in some parts of the world, due to geolocation and flight schedules, it can be best enjoyed by traveling across international borders. Each nation clearly has the responsibility, through its own ministries and regulations, to protect only business assets and taxpayers by rules and regulations, the way these regulations are implemented, and the timing of these regulations. Once published and implemented, it is of paramount importance to provide businesses and industries with adequate resources to plan appropriately and benefit the economy.

Greece, especially the Dodecanese region, which is closest to Turkish waters, is of high importance for Turkish-flagged and non-Turkish-flagged commercial vessels operating from Turkey within the scope of the Turkish Specification. Turkish and non-Turkish flagged commercial vessels have always taken charter guests to the Dodecanese as part of their weekly routes starting and ending in Turkey. Along with these very high volume pleasure yachts, visiting the Dodecanese Islands from Turkey has greatly benefited the Dodecanese economy. It’s also a fact that in the past, the same yachts, when they started chartering ships in the Dodecanese as well, then took the guests to Turkish waters and then returned to the Dodecanese to ruin their guests. Greek authorities.

Over the past two seasons, due to (often misconceptions) conditions in Turkey, more yacht and fleet operators have had to change ports of entry and departure at Twelve airports for fear of passengers entering and leaving Turkish airports. And of course they made this decision independently considering their longstanding practice of being able to independently start in the Dodecanese, enter Turkey, and then seamlessly return to Greece for a past departure. Recent Greek news articles stated that such business transactions hurt the Greek economy, and the attached letter from the Greek Ministry formally points to this view. Greek captains love Greek waters and Turkish captains love Turkish waters and it is natural to be like this. At the same time, it is much more convenient for all of us to move away from our own countries, where we can manage logistics more easily. The increase in the passage of commercial yachts operating from outside Turkey and ports of entry and exit to the Dodecanese Islands in the past 2 years is not due to those who want to harm the Dodecanese economy, but due to the force majeure conditions in Turkey. Contrary to the view that this hurts the Greek economy, we think it just adds more to the Greek economy. Twelve airlines and planes have more passengers, transfer companies make more transfers, maritime businesses do more business, marinas buy higher volumes of yachts, supermarkets sell more products before they start chartering, and the list goes on.

 

Just like in other industries, there are likely to be individuals and entities who break the law and operate illegally, and action must be taken to protect those who do their jobs right. But if an individual has broken the law, it should be the individual punished, not a collective group dependent on a particular industry. Let’s face the facts. We get very large and visible yachts and we see very visible people in front of ports, in front of authorities. The vast majority of yachts operating in Turkey have no intention of harming anyone or hiding what they are doing and doing everything through official channels. If the Dodecanese Islands have benefited greatly from such planned yacht charter services in the past, and as a result, more tolerant practices have been implemented, then continuing the practice makes sense and benefits everyone. At a minimum, if a change is required in the implementation of regulations, businesses should be given sufficient time to adapt to the changes, especially in current conditions.

In the yacht industry, we offer a premium product where customers expect the best service. This is made more challenging by an overprotective approach regulated and enforced by overprotective checks that can take place face-to-face with officials and customers aboard a cruise ship around the world. Rather than building walls between our nations and fields of work, we would benefit much more if our ministries and other relevant institutions would consult with industry leaders and then sit together to talk about any proposed draft measures. This consultative approach to problem solving will effectively benefit all parties in the long run and open open doors for friendly conversation for the future.

Kind regards,

 TYBA

Turkish Yachting and Brokers Association