The Transit Log
12 June 2013 | Greece
When we were in Messolonghi we had visited the Port Authority to get our paperwork completed. At the time they advised us that we would need to get a cruising permit, called a Depka in Greece, when we were in Corfu. Upon arrival at the Corfu Port Authority we found this totally wrong and we had problems. Because Palarran is flagged (registered) in the British Virgin Islands we needed a Transit Log instead of a Depka and no one in Corfu was going to issue us one. Their solution was to send us back 100’s of miles to Messolonghi in order to have the correct paperwork done.
After much pleading, a solution was found in that we just needed to leave Greece, like right now, which was our plan anyway. The only problem was the officer in charge wouldn’t sign off on the clearance papers. Pleading and parading the family in front of him finally worked and he gave us permission to leave. This is an important story to document so someone else won’t make the same mistake. Foreign flagged boats must get a transit log at their original port of entry.