Do not start any short or long trip with a pleasure boat if you do not know the following. Here are useful safety information that we all have to apply and be aware of before and during any short or long excursion with our boat. The Port Police Directorate reminds you of what you should remember before “solve the bunkers”:


Be informed by the Port Authority or by any appropriate means (Mass Media, web, etc.) of the prevailing or predicted, according to the NMS, weather conditions in the sea area you wish to navigate .

TAKE NOTE that sometimes the weather may be worse than expected. In case you realize this, postpone the trip.


Take a look at the sky. Is his color:


  • Deep blue? A sign that it will lift air.


  • Slightly blue? Sign that will do good and patio long.


  • Bright red? A sign that weather will worsen and there is a chance to rain.


  • Are there any scattered clouds in the sky? A sign of bad weather.


DO NOT OPERATE WHEN the journey is performed if you feel tired or have consumed alcoholic beverages.

Make sure you have more fuel than what you need for that trip.

Check if your ship’s scheduled voyage permit is in your boat and if your boat is a speedboat, THYMISE you take with you the driver’s license.

Check the tightness of your boat. Is there water inside?

Tell your family about your destination and the possible return time.

Make sure you have a cell phone with you. WARNING: Have you checked its battery if it is fully charged? Did you assume that cellular communication may be possible in a state of emergency only for a minimum time or not at all?

HELP! Check that your ship’s telecoms are in good working order so that in case of need you can seek assistance from the Unified Research and Rescue Coordination Center or your nearest Coast Guard, directly or through OTE’s coastal stations.


Do you have a company with you? Do they know the use of life jackets and firecrackers on your boat? If not, show them to you. BEARING INTO ACCOUNT that they are aware of the use of the survival equipment of your boat.

Do you know the supplies that must be on your boat? We list you the list of supplies, you check if what you have in your boat is in line with this list and if it is in good condition:

  • Three handbags


  • A smoke


  • A portable fire extinguisher of the type CO2, foam or powder


  • A white traffic light when your boat has no machine. When it has a machine, a white oversight (ie visible from all points on the horizon) lantern, a red on the left side and a green on the right or a tributary bulb.


  • A radio transistor.


Keep in mind that it is good for both your own security and the company you will take with you on the voyage to have the following supplies on board:


  • A pair of spare paddles, even if your boat has a machine


  • A circular life jacket with a rope of at least 15 m.


  • A flashlight


  • A spare pin


  • A bucket


  • A floating anchor


  • A Pharmacy that has the necessary material to provide Care.


Will you take your trip and your child? Put on the life jacket.

Do not transfer more people than your license writes. What you carry is good to know swimming.



HELP! If your boat is a speedboat, these people need to know swimming anyway.


Are you well aware of the marine area you want to navigate? Have you advised up-to-date nautical charts to identify any shipping risks (reefs, shipwrecks, shallows)?

DO NOT AFFECT IT. Understand what a painful impact on you and your company can cause the clutter or even the sinking of your boat.


If the boat you are handling is hired, keep in mind that before sunrise and after sunset it is forbidden to use it.

Starting / returning your boat using the engine is permitted in the following cases:

(a) from / to your berthing facilities (ports, marinas, shelters)


(b) from / to slopes designed to lift and launch the vessel, if at fifty (50) meters from each other you have no bathers or are moving within a delimited channel extending over a hundred ( 100) meters after the skip to the open sea


(c) from / to the shore, other than bathing facilities, provided that: (aa) you are traveling within a delimited 10 meter (10) meter channel. (bb) at a distance of one hundred (100) meters on either side of your course there are no bouncing floats up to three (03) knots, or in the case of bridging sails at a safe speed not exceeding one (01) node, keeping track of / to the high seas.



Obey the Safe Navigation and Crash Rules and generally keep in mind the particularities of the sea and the dangers of ignorance and lack of experience in this area.

Do not approach LESS than 200m in areas where there are bathers. – Do you like to move near the shores? You can do it ONLY in areas where there are no bathers and if you keep a speed of less than five (05) miles per hour.

Did you find during the voyage a yellow flag, yellow flag, with a diagonal red line, in which the letters OE? This buoy indicates the existence of an underwater fisherman at that point. He scoured him with increased attention and at a distance of at least one hundred and fifty (150) meters.

Do not approach the waves of passing ships.

Do not allow people on your boat to move or sit on the railing.

Do not do dangerous handling or maneuvering.

Do you travel a night? He lit the projected lights.

Has any of the occupants an accident? Give first aid and notify the nearest Harbor Authority. Are you at risk? You have notified the VHF with any additional vessel or boat or the nearest Port Authority or your mobile phone Business Hall or any Port Authority you have registered with it (it is a good idea to register the Port Authority telephones located in your area of ​​residence and those in the sea area of ​​which you usually travel with your boat).

Transmit only the elements necessary to identify you, which are:


  • Your details and a cell phone


  • Vessel name / port of berth


  • Position (position) you are in


  • Nature of risk


  • Number of passengers


►►► Does your cellphone have no “signal” where you are? DO NOT LOVE PANIC.


Type the three-digit number 112.


This number is the pan-European Emergency Call Number. Wherever you are, whether your mobile has a ‘badge’, or you do not have it, you can EXACTLY NEED AND IMMEDIATELY RISK to key in this number. You will immediately respond to OTE ‘s Operator shift’ 112 Position … ‘and, depending on the nature of the risk I WILL CONNECT TO:


  • Police 100


  •  EAW 166


  • Fire Department 199


  • Coast Guard 108


In this case, it will link you to 108, where you will follow the procedure described above.




  •  Use day smoke and night fireworks.


  •  Did the machine hurt? Drop the floating anchor.


  •  You and the survivors were wearing the life jackets.


  •  Has a person dropped into the sea? Take the circular lifejacket immediately by holding the edge of his rope and pulling him to the boat. Watch out for the wind! Pull it from the deck side of the boat.


  • In case of fire, use the fire extinguisher.


  • If there is an accident and your boat is overturned, stay on it.


  • If you are a Governor / Owner of a sailing boat and have an auxiliary machine on your boat, make sure it is always in good condition for use in case of need.

FOR YOU, WHERE YOUR MOVEMENTS WITH YOUR VESSEL ARE A LONG TRIAL SEARCH FOR HARRY AND DEMAND, DO NOT AWAY, WE ARE NEAR YOU. (210- 4191219 or 210-4191215) Business Center (KEPIC) (210-4082621; Η 210-4082622) The Company is a member of the Hellenic Center for the Development of Research and Conservation (CSEC) .


Source: Ministry of Citizen Protection, Port Police Department / General Police Department.