The Greek ferry sector was in the news during the wildfire tragedy that swept the coastal area near Athens during July.
It is widely believed that the death toll could have been much higher if had not been for the ferries that came to the aid of people forced into the sea by the fires raging behind them when they had no other avenue of escape.
The area surrounding the port town of Rafina was among the worst hit and more than 700 people were reportedly plucked from the sea. Ferry crews were hailed as heroes as seafarers dived from their vessels into the water to help drag people on board. In all, nearly 60 people were rescued by ferries, some reportedly five nautical miles off the coast.
Media reporting, in particular, named Seajet vessels including the monohull fast craft Tera Jet and Paros Jet. Golden Star Ferries’ Superferry and Superrunner and Fast Ferries’ Ekaterini P and Fast Ferries Andros also received honourable mentions.