Minoan Lines Amends Itineraries, Prepares to Adopt IMO Fuel Regulation

Greek passenger shipping company Minoan Lines on Thursday announced that it will amend its itineraries on the Piraeus–Chania and Piraeus-Heraklion routes, from Saturday, November 3, until Thursday, December 20.

The company is changing its itineraries due to its compliance with the new IMO (International Maritime Organization) Fuel Regulation – effective as of January 1, 2020 – and the timely preparation for the installation of scrubbers on its ships. The scrubbers are pollution control devices that are used to remove some particulates and/or gases from exhaust streams.

“Minoan Lines adopts innovative practices for the reduction of the environmental footprint of its fleet and proceeds with the conversion of its ships into more environmentally friendly vessels,” the company’s management said in an announcement.

As of Saturday, November 3, Minoan Lines’ Piraeus-Chania and Piraeus-Heraklion routes will run as follows:

The company’s cruise ferries Knossos Palace, Festos Palace and Mykonos Palace will return to their scheduled itineraries as of Friday, December 21.

According to the company, during the transition period, the number of approaches at each port and the provided capacity of available vessels will be kept stable so that the three ports – Heraklion, Chania and Piraeus – will be served by state-of-the-art, luxury and fast cruise ferries of similar technical features, for the provision of high-quality services to the passengers.

For more information on the itineraries of Minoan Lines, passengers are advised to contact their travel agent; the Minoan Lines Central Agencies at 801-11-75000 and 18175 (landline and cell phones), or the company’s offices in Heraklion 2810-399899, 2810-229602; Piraeus 210-4145744; Athens 210 3376910; Souda 6972-552661, 28210-81276, and Chania 28210-45911-12.

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