The parking fee for boats in Greece is a reality. The news had been in the air for some time, and now the infamous “Monti model”-a move that dealt a severe blow to our boating industry, causing at the time a great flight of boats from our shores and a drop in the supply chain far exceeding the revenue generated by the tax-has been exported to Greek waters. It was supposed to go into effect these days, but the Cruising Association’s intervention has caused the deadline for payment to be moved to April 2, 2019.
Beware if you have a boat of more than 12 meters
The boat tax will have to be paid by both domestic and foreign-flagged boats with much regret for Italian boaters who keep their boats in Greece (chartered to amortize mooring costs during periods of inactivity) who will have to reach into their wallets.
How much? Up to 12 meters in length the amount to be paid is relatively low: an eight-meter will have to shell out 192 euros annually, a 10-meter 300, a 12 just under 400. The figure rises considerably for boats over 12 meters for which we are talking about 8 euros per meter per month. Numbers in hand, the owner of a 15-meter boat will have to pull out up to 1,440 euros. The figures are undoubtedly very high, but there are discounts and rebates.
While already paying the fee may be unappealing the main complication is that to do so to date one must report to the Greek Port Authority. What does it mean? That those who have their boats moored already in place must go directly to Greece to pay. The alternative is to have a trusted person who can make the payment for you on the spot or take a fine for nonpayment. Actually, boat registration and payment of the fee could be done online, but the dedicated website www.aade.gr is in Greek and does not appear to be updated to allow the operation.
What if you decide to vacation in Greece with your boat from Italy?
You will still have to pay: in the first Greek port, you will have to set yourself up by disbursing the amount for the period you sail in Greek waters (the minimum amount is for one month).
If you keep the boat ashore and notify the relevant port authority, you do not pay the fee for as long as the boat is actually ashore. If you pay for the year of stationing in advance, a 10% discount will be applied. If boats enter Greece for the first time, and decide to stay there the whole year, they will pay a discounted amount of 25 percent (the famous 15-meter boat, therefore, will pay 1,1152 euros).
The hope is that the time limit for payment will be pushed further forward in time, but dockside rumors, unfortunately, seem to indicate that it has come to a head. Like the Croatians, it seems that the Greeks have also not thoroughly studied the negative repercussions of the “Monti tax.”