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Helicopter emergency drop November 14, 2007

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Emergency food and medical aid flown to isolated Antikythera

Emergency food and medical supplies were transported by rescue helicopter to the small island of Antikythera, southern Greece, cut off from the mainland for 11 days because of a ferry workers dispute, authorities said yesterday.

The Merchant Marine Ministry said supplies were flown to Kythera and Antikythera by Super Puma helicopter. Striking workers from state-subsidized ferry services to the islands said they started their protest after not receiving their salaries for two months. Sources said a solution to the dispute was likely late yesterday after the owner of the shipping operator obtained the necessary funds to pay workers.

Airlifts for islanders examined November 13, 2007

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The Merchant Marine Ministry is considering flying basic food items by military helicopter to the small island of Antikythera, southern Greece, after the only boat that transports supplies to the area stopped trips to the island, according to sources.

The Myrtidiotissa passenger ferry boat, which belongs to ANEN Lines, stopped its route to the island more than a week ago, leaving the island’s 45 residents without food and medical supplies. Antikythera is located 20 miles off Kythera, south of the Peloponnese. Residents have called for the immediate reinstatement of the boat routes, as the island has been cut off from the country’s largest port, Piraeus, and the Peloponnese.

Skai Television and Radio reported that the boat operator has been late in paying its staff and is seeking a 1-million-euro boost in government grants before restoring the transport route. Greece subsidizes a number of ferry routes to remote islands around the country.

Greek islands shipping aid November 11, 2007

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Deputy Merchant Marine Minister Panayiotis Kammenos yesterday pledged to boost coastal shipping connections to remote islands of the Dodecanese following a meeting with mayors from most of the islands.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis. Local authorities said they were satisfied with the pledges.