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Here at Tinos, we see a member of the harbor police (in the white uniform with the radio). Greece has three types of police: the regular ones, the tourist police and the harbor police. The harbor police prohibit departures when the wind is too strong, and oversee each arrival and departure.

By the way, that ferries don't run when the sea is too rough is one reason why large scale accidents are less likely in Greece.

Note the easy way officials and passengers are mingling. This informality is refreshing, I think. (1998)

ere a typical car ferry backs up to the dock at Andros, dropping its stern doors.

Even if the ferry has forward doors, they are seldom used in Greece. Most of the ferries seem to have all sorts of motors and rudders for directing thrust sideways and backwards. It can be a little eerie to see boats moving sideways, but it speeds up the process.

Also note the various parts of the landing dock. Cars are parked out of site to the left. On a busier landing, those waiting to board would be crowding the forward pier. Note the little hut, its a shelter for people boarding the boat.


Zooming in, we can discuss the logistics of getting on board. This photo shows a very quiet scene. Imagine a tanker truck rolling off, people streaming on and off and impatient cars trying to get on.

Often, as you enter the main ramp, there will be a luggage area off to one side. Then you ascend a stairway to the passenger deck. A crew member at that point may be checking tickets. Generally there is an attempt to let exiting passengers and vehicles get off first, but there are always a few stragglers.

Note the clock and destination board above the left side of the main doorway. It is often accurate.

Another example of cars entering a ferry. Passergers are going up that door on the left of the main door, but doing so in and among the cars. It works fine. (2009)

Other practical advice is next.

Last modified 2/17/12; posted 3/12/00; original content © 2012, 2000 John P. Nordin