Tug-boat strike may disrupt container and cruise ship docking in Piraeus on Wednesday, Friday

Four-hour strikes announced by the Greek tug-boat crews union on Wednesday and Friday are expected to impede the docking of cruise ships and large container ships at Piraeus port, where both types of ship ideally need a tug-boat in addition to a maritime pilot to enter the port.

The tug-boat crews’ national union called the strike in response to the new standards for the use of tug-boats in the port facilities for tankers run by Hellenic Petroleum, on the grounds that these create major problems for the crews.

The work stoppages will take place between 6:00 and 10:00 and then from 18:00 to 22:00, while the union said action may escalate from June 28 with rolling 24-hour strikes.

Foreign-flagged cruise ships and container ships are required to also use a tug-boat to enter Piraeus port but a ship’s captain may apply to the harbour master to enter the port at his or her own risk.