Shipping ministry and Italian ambassador at signing of agreement for three EU-funded patrol boats
The Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy signed a contract for the procurement of three state-of-the-art coastal patrol boats, funded by 90 percent by EU’s Frontex border agency.
The three boats will be delivered by Cantiere Navale Vittoria in 2020, selected after an international tendering and cost nearly 42 million euros.
Shipping and Island Policy Fotis Kouvelis said the boats are especially equipped to monitor the EU’s external maritime borders and to rescue people at sea. The ministry, he said, has already secured funds for the purchase of a fourth boat, and mentioned the contribution of his predecessors, former ministers Thodoris Dritsas and Panagiotis Kouroublis along with the Coast Guard leadership.
Kouvelis said in addition that the ministry would shortly invite international tenders for high-speed patrol boats valued at 49 million euros, co-funded by NSRF and Internal Security Funds of the EU, while the purchase of another three boats over 11 metres long are in process of being purchased. The latter will include health equipment and are budgeted at 1.4 million euros.
The signing of the agreement was attended by Cantiere Navale Vittoria’s president and Italian Ambassador in Athens, Luigi Marras.