Yachts Responsible for Pollution Cannot be Charged as per Cyprus Maritime Law

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The mayor of Germasogeia, Kyriacos Xidias, stated in a news conference last week regarding authorities being unable to effectively respond and charge yacht owners after they’ve left pollution offshore in the areas surrounding the Limassol marina.

Mr Xidias said that, two weeks ago, while he was in a boat in the tourist area of Germasogeia he saw a yacht pass by, and shortly after he saw rubbish and human waste left floating in its wake. Due to a lack of coordination and loopholes in the maritime legislation, there is no way to fine them.