The Greek Merchant Marine Ministry
has lifted a ban on 61 passenger ferries ordered into port for failing to meet safety requirements after the sinking of the Express Samina
last month, Reuters reported
. The ferries, confined to harbor since October 1, completed security refitting mainly involving fire safety.
Sixty-five ferries were initially banned from sailing until they met the safety requirements. A total of 47 island ferries, nine international cruise ships and nine ferries on the Piraeus-Crete line were affected. Three ferries and one cruise ship are still confined to port.
The ban came in the wake of the Express Samina mishap - Greece's worst sea tragedy in decades - which saw 80 people die.