Towage service in Las Palmas (“timeline*”)

*as per information and links from

(link) “A binding report from the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine, under the Ministry of Development, establishes, since 2014, a minimum of 6 tugs to access a towing license in the Port of Las Palmas; that is something with which the Fairplay/Odiel doesn’t comply (although a licence was granted)”.

Remolque, Fairplay, Remolcadores, Pliego de remolque,

Autoridad Portuaria de Las Palmas,Boluda, Boluda Corporación Marítima,

Odiel Towage, Licencia de remolque

Las Palmas – towing service

“October 31, 2020 is approaching and the two concessionary companies of the provision of the towing service in the ports managed by the Las Palmas Port Authority must have adapted and adjusted their equipment to the new specifications approved by the port entity last May”“Odiel Towage, a subsidiary of Fairplay, has disregarded the obligations arising from the towing service specifications in force, and has not moved any file to adapt its mechanical (tugboats) and human requirements to the requirements of the specifications, so The Port Authority will be forced to cancel its license on November 1. As far as we know, some workers already comment that the company has brought them together to inform them that as of November 1 they will no longer provide services in the Port of Las Palmas and they will have to go to work wherever there is demand, which de facto implies that many will quit their job at the company. Some voices even talk that they will start their departure on the 28th. Some of their units seem to be destined for an African port, while others will depart for ports in northern Europe and Germany. We will see.”

Se acerca el día 31 de octubre y las dos empresas concesionarias de la prestación del servicio de remolque en los puertos gestionados por la Autoridad Portuaria de Las Palmas deben haber adaptado y ajustado sus equipos al nuevo pliego aprobado por el ente portuario el pasado mes de mayo. .



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A personal note on COVID-19

“…it’s probably NOT just the flu…”

It was a few weeks ago when I received the news that so many people worldwide,  across Spain and my country Greece had already received — My mother was tested positive for COVID-19. I was scared. I was seriously scared.

I live thousands of miles away, she is living alone and there are not many things anyone could possibly do. I was terrified and completely out-of-focus. Sleepless nights, body pain, near to a nervous breakdown.

All of a sudden, my cash flow problems ( I run a newly established Private Company) that kept me stressed and awake for weeks- seemed unimportant.

To make matters worse, my mom (Miss Fotini/Κυρία Φωτεινή), a retired primary school teacher, is 70+ years old, with cardiac problems and she is stubborn. Very stubborn (like the majority of the Cretan-Greeks & the Greeks in general).

So either because of a “perverse” type of “pride” or because of fear or because of tiredness of being around hospitals and doctors, she had decided to ignore the initial signs and the asthenia of COVID disease. 

Although immediately locked herself in (just in case), she refused to accept the facts. She diagnosed whatever she had “…probably it’s just the flu…”  and did not take the test as she was supposed to do (finally she did the test on the 13th – 14th day after a lot of pressure from me and my brother). 

She and we were very fortunate as COVID came with minimal symptoms, though they hit her like a wave. Body aches, light fever, weakness and headaches. Oh, the weakness; weakness was the worst as she told me.

She felt extremely tired, not able to get herself off the bed most of the time. I could tell how exhausted she was by her voice; a voice seemingly coming from the abyss.

Why am I sharing all these? No clue! Maybe because now that she is in the recovery period, now that she “escaped” -although still very tired- I feel more relieved and grateful and wiser. 

Relieved because it is proven that Ms. Fotini is a hard nut to crack and that her healthy lifestyle has been of assistance. 

Grateful to God and our luck for the final result . 

Grateful to MY people and their patience. People I sincerely care about and that I have “ignored”, annoyed, disrespected, made them angry, or whatever else I made them feel during this time. I truly love them, more now, I apologize for my attitude, I apologize for disappearing and I miss YOU ALL!

It is that sometimes I  prefer to stay silent rather than explaining all the shit that’s going on in my head and my life. 

Wiser… mainly because I was able to see the “true colors of plenty”…

Take care of your loved ones and be healthy everyone. 

What Great Managers Do?

The best boss I ever had.” That’s a phrase most of us have said or heard at some point, but what does it mean? What sets the great boss apart from the average boss? The literature is rife with provocative writing about the qualities of managers and leaders and whether the two differ, but little has been said about what happens in the thousands of daily interactions and decisions that allows managers to get the best out of their people and win their devotion.