I can't see how this has anything to do with NM and dry bulk shipping: Greek shipping came to standstill following a strike by seamen yesterday as they stepped up protests against a government plan to ease restrictions on foreign crew. The second 24-hour strike in a month by the 20,000 member PNO union halted ferries between Greek islands and pickets blockaded entrances to the main port of Pireaus where at least two cruise ships were expected yesterday. The PNO is fighting a move by the Socialist government to allow non-European Union flagged ships with non-Greek crew into Greek ports and to travel between its islands, in a bid to boost tourism. PNO secretary-general Yannis Halas said the liberalisation would lead to a "massive" loss of jobs. Shipping authorities say the country could earn an extra one billion euros from the liberalisation.