Early on Saturday, about 300 Syrians had gathered on the quayside in the hope of getting aboard the ship -- a car ferry belonging to ANEK
Lines which operates routes to the Greek islands and across the Adriatic to Italy -- where about 2,500 people are due to be housed and processed.
said in a statement it was cooperating with rescue authorities.
The 27,000-ton Norman Atlantic was built in 2009 and operated by Greek ferry company ANEK.
ANEK said they were cooperating with rescue authorities.
Vessels close to the ferry leased to Greek operator ANEK
Lines rushed to give assistance after picking up its distress signal at 0200 GMT, the Greek coast guard said.
The agreement is aimed at enhancing the shipping and food sector as it intends to rehabilitate MIG s companies such as ANEK
Lines and to expand companies such as MEVGAL S.