Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras assumed before Greek shipowners the commitment that he will upgrade shipping when he wins the elections. Addressing an event of the Maritime Chamber and the Union of Greek Shipowners, Samaras said "in the government that we shall create, shipping will be upgraded, its ministry will be equipped with duties and will be under the prime minister's immediate supervision."
Appealing to the shipowners' world, he stressed that "shipping will have the position of a protagonist in our plan for the restarting of our economy and the recovery of the country."
Samaras spoke of the shipowner world's contribution, saying that "the country and its people are grateful to you. I must also congratulate you because youy are making us all proud. You are that part of Hellenism that has achieved a global first place: The champions of international sea transport."