According to the popular Turkish daily newspaper Sabah, the Greek ship-owner, Constantinos Agapitos, suggested to sell or lend Turkey the ship, Paradise of the Aegean. The ship is 200m long and has a capacity of 180 TIR trucks and 100 vehicles and the suggestion mainly concerns Turkey’s wish to operate a floating hospital.
Agapitos said, “The situation in Greece is well-known. We cannot find a working area.” The ship-owner contacted the Turkish Embassy in Athens last month and made the proposition to sell the ship. Agapitos held a one-and-a-half-hour conversation with the Turkish Ambassador to Greece, Kerim Uras, who assured him that he will forward his request to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Due to the economic crisis we cannot find cargoes to transfer and it is not right for such an important ship to stay still. This ship was selected The Ship of the Year for 2000. This ship is not suitable for journeys among the Greek islands, because it is very fast.”
According to the same newspaper, in the last two years, Turkish businessmen have bought more than 120 luxury yachts from Greece.
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