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Shipping ministry urges Greek vessels to leave Ukrainian & Russian waters

Greece’s Port Authority’s Operations Center is in continuous contact with the captains of Greek-flagged- or -owned ships in the Black Sea and the necessary directions have been issued, Shipping & Island Policy Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis said late on Thursday, adding he had spoken with the captains himself.

According to the ministry, there are 8 Greek-flagged ships in the Black Sea (3 freighters, 5 tankers), along with a Maltese-flagged freighter ship under Greek ownership.

All Greek ships should immediately leave Ukrainian and Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea, the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy warned late on Thursday.

It is understood that eight ships with Greek flag, as well as a Greek-owned ship with Maltese flag, are currently in the north Black Sea, with 66 Greek sailors on board.

Of the eight Greek merchant ships -three cargo vessels and five tankers -, two are located in Odessa, three in the Kerch Strait and three in Novorossiysk. The Greek-owned Maltese-flagged ship, a cargo vessel, is located in Odessa. [AMNA]

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