Touristic cruises came almost to halt at the Ionian islands after the scandal with fake classification documents broke out. Currently 16 ships were ordered by the Ministry of Citizen’s Protection to stop operating after irregularities in their documents issued by a Russian classification agent in Piraeus. According to Greek state network NET, currently there are more than 25 other ships and ferries waiting to be checked. The apparently ‘fake’ documents were not issued only for small cruise ships but also for ferries operating in other islands than the Ionian.
Some shipowners claimed they had paid 20,000 euro for the documents and that they had no idea there could be a problem with them.
The prosecutor investigates the case and the Russian company headquarters have apparently cancelled the cooperation with their agent in Greece. The name of the Russian company was not made public.
Many small cruise ships operate for daily cruises around the Ionian islands of Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaki and Zakynthos as well for is . It is certainly a blow to tourism revenues.