A new patrol boat, properly configured with sanitary equipment, was delivered to the Port Department of Samothrace on Friday afternoon. This is the 8th in total, boat with special sanitary equipment, which is part of the fleet of the Hellenic Coast Guard.
"The operational capabilities of the Hellenic Coast Guard in the area are significantly enhanced, with this modern patrol boat, while at the same time, the sense of security of the island's residents and visitors is enhanced, since the boat has modern sanitary equipment and can safely transport any incident ", noted Mr. Plakiotakis in a short speech. The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy once again praised the comprehensive and multifaceted work of the men and women of the Hellenic Coast Guard who "operate with courage, determination and boldness, respecting the rules of international law and with absolute priority in human life and effectively protect the maritime borders of our homeland, the maritime borders of Europe ".
Mr. Plakiotakis thanked the Regional Governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Mr. Christos Metios, for the decisive contribution to the financing of this vessel by the operational program of the Region.
"EUR 8.5 million for the upgrading of port infrastructure"
The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Mr. Plakiotakis, also announced funding of 8.5 million euros from the Development Program “ESPA 2021 - 2027” for the port of Kamariotissa. "It is a very large infrastructure project part of a total financing program of 200 million euros for the overall utilization and upgrade of the port infrastructure of our country."
From his side, the Commander of the Hellenic Coast Guard, Vice Admiral of H.C.G Theodoros Kliaris, noted:
"I can say with pride that today the cycle of integration of a total of 8 patrol boats with sanitary equipment in the operational means of Hellenic Coat Guard is completed. The work of the Coast Guard has been multifaceted since its inception, but the current conditions under which our Officers operate are particularly pressing. "I want you to know that in the last decade, there have been more than 8,000 successful patient transfers from island areas by the Coast Guard vessels and private boats, always under the coordination of the Corps Operations Center of Hellenic Coast Guard."
The governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Mr. Christos Metios, expressed his great satisfaction for the delivery of the patrol boat with special sanitary equipment to Samothrace, while pledging to continue to support and finance other ideas and projects of similar importance.
All three deputies of Evros of New Democracy took the floor. Mr. Christos Dermentzopoulos, for his part, noted that "the visit of the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Isular Policy to Samothrace highlights beyond the operational capacity and contribution of the Coast Guard, the humanitarian element", while Mr. Anastasios Dimoschakis expressed the appraisal that, the current presence of Mr. Plakiotakis updates the interest of the current government for the law. Mr. Stavros Keletsis noted, among other things, that "a key factor for the islanders to stay on their island is the sense of security which is further strengthened by the current inclusion of this boat in the staff of the Coast Guard of Samothrace."
In conclusion, the Mayor of Samothrace Mr. Nikos Galatoumos, thanked the Minister for the final resolution of the issue of the ferry connection with Alexandroupolis and for the new boat, but also Mr. Metios, as this became a reality with the financial support of the Region.
The integration ceremony of the new boat was presented by the General Secretary of Ports, Port Policy and Maritime Investments Mr. Evangelos Kyriazopoulos, the General Secretary of the Aegean and Insular Policy Mr. Manolis Koutoulakis, the Commander of the 4th Military General Camplieutenant Mr. Angelos Houdeloudis, the Deputy Regional Governor of Evros Mr. Dimitris Petrovic and the President and CEO of Port Organisation of Alexandroupolis Mr. Costas Hadjimichael and Mr. Costas Hadjikonstantinou, respectively, as well as by the Officers of Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy.