The collision was the fourth incident in a month involving passenger ships.July 23 the 1,530-passenger Blue Star Maritime ferry Superferry II, built1974, collided with the 350-passenger-capacity Theologos P built 2000, whichwas berthed at Andros island. A week earlier, a ferry carrying 295passengers struck a reef off Kythera, south of the Peloponnese, and June 28the Nel Lines-operated ferry Theofilos with 550 people on board hit a reefoff Oinousses in the eastern Aegean. In all cases the ships were damaged butno serious injuries were reported.
Though two of the incidents appear to be down to navigation, the Piraeus and Andros incidents have fueled criticism from seafarers unions which maintaininadequate coordination of crew and human error were less of a problem than poor port infrastructure at Piraeus and other ports. With Marine and IslandPolicy minister Giorgos Voulgarakis pledging full investigations into allincidents, the Masters & Mates Union representative Achilleas Tarlamissaid: 'Most ports do not have adequate piers and are not large enough toaccommodate large cruise ships.'
Voulgarakis said ship inspections would be tightened and in a letter to theHellenic Chamber of Shipping, the Union of Greek Shipowners, the Associationof Greek Passenger Shipping Companies, the Asssociation of Greek CoastalShipping Companies and the Panhellenic Masters & Mates Union, the ministerstressed the need for compliance to safety rules for passenger ships.