Greece, Israel sign bilateral agreement in maritime transport

Greece and Israel on Monday signed a bilateral maritime transport agreement that aims to upgrade the legislative framework governing Greek-Israeli bilateral ties in shipping and lead to a deeper strategic partnership between the two countries in the transport sector.

The agreement was signed at the shipping ministry in Piraeus and focuses on protecting Greek ships and Greek seamen. Key points in the agreement include the unobstructed access of the ships of both countries to international freight transport, the mutual provision of assistance to ships and seamen of both countries and support in all sectors for seamen on the ships of both countries.

It further makes it easier for shipping firms of the two countries to become established on the territory of the other state, promotes cooperation in eliminating obstacles to international maritime transport and to bilateral technical cooperation on shipping issues, via a joint committee.

Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis, referred to the added value of the agreement signed for the Eastern Mediterranean and said it confirmed the excellent relations between the two countries in the strongest way. Israeli Ambassador in Athens Irit Ben-Abba, on her part, said that Greece and Israel have long had ties in shipping and that the ports of Piraeus, Haifa and Ashdod have always been important destinations for goods.