Shipping Risk Assessment: A Case Study For Greek Waters
A. Miliou, N. Flashner, M. Robbins and V. Dias (2018)
The Greek seas are vital for shipping, tourism revenue and fishing, while supporting a biodiversity hotspot of international importance. Yet, Greece has not put any measures in place to safeguard its marine resources from maritime accidents. The introduction of measures to protect national wealth, tourism, fisheries, and public health through maritime management is essential. Selected maritime accidents that have taken place in Greece are examined along with the various impacts these accidents have on humans and the marine ecosystem. Best practices from other countries are explored and used alongside the knowledge gained from the case studies to better assess potential regulation suggestions and improvements for Greece, with the aim to better protect its waters for shipping, marine life and local communities. Designated shipping lanes for Greek waters, a maritime traffic control system and Particularly Sensitive Sea Area status from the International Maritime Organization would bring Greece in line with other major shipping areas like the Baltic region, the United Kingdom and the Strait of Istanbul. The introduction of efficient measures for the prevention and management of potential shipping accidents is of grave importance, as catastrophic events could have long-term, irreversible impacts on human and marine health.