The Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA) is an autonomous semi-government organization established by law in 1973. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors that is appointed by the Council of Ministers for a three-year term. The Board applies government policy which is conveyed and supervised by the Minister of Communications and Works.
The activities of the Authority are two-fold. According to its legislative framework, it operates as the administrative organization of Cyprus ports, which on the one hand has a public role incorporating administration, construction and management of port infrastructure and on the other hand, carries out activities with commercial value relating to the provision, coordination and control of port services offered. The Authority is the main investor in Cyprus ports, though a significant share of remunerative port activities are carried out by the private sector, as for example the horizontal transportation of cargo within the port and stevedore activities.
The CPA is the responsible body for the management and exploitation of the following port areas and lighthouses which come under its jurisdiction:
- Commercial Port of Lemesos (Limassol)
- Commercial Port of Larnaka
- Pafos Port
- Latsi Fishing Harbour
- Vassiliko Industrial Port
- Famagusta Port (under Turkish occupation)
- Kerynia Port (under Turkish occupation)
- Karavostasi (under Turkish occupation)
- Cape Greco
- Cape Kiti
- Cape Gata
- Kormakitis (under Turkish occupation)
- Apostolos Andreas (under Turkish occupation)
In the context of safety, environmental and social cohesion, the Organization aims to maximize the competitiveness of Cypriot ports, by enhancing port infrastructure, superstructure and services so as for Cypriot ports to be able to cope with the ever increasingly competitive environment. This will provide Cypriot ports the needed business tools for being able to achieve a key role in the EU and regain their position as a niche market towards serving transit cargo in the eastern Mediterranean area as well as cruise traffic.
Furthermore, in the context of the efforts for achieving the best possible use of the prospects generated by the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in the maritime sector as well as by the projects relating to the exploitation of hydrocarbons found in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus (EEZ) and neighboring countries, the Cyprus Ports Authority is continuously adapting its business plan.
Towards achieving its ports policy, the Cyprus Ports Authority has additionally pursued its membership and active participation in a number of international organizations such as the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports (Medcruise) and the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO).