Limassol (Lemesos) Port
The port of Limassol is the main commercial port of Cyprus and serves the country’s overseas trade and sea-borne passenger traffic and acts as a transshipment centre for the region. With a quay of 2,030 metres in length, the CPA has proceeded with the dredging of the western container terminal basin to sixteen meters and the turning circle and entrance channel to seventeen metres. The CPA, is currently realizing the construction works for a 500-metre extension to the existing port’s quay on its western basin, thus reaching to a total 1270 meters. The project aims to satisfy the needs generated to accommodate the new generation ships (i.e. containers and ro-ro).
The Limassol quay extension is the second stage of EUR 60 million project. During the first phase of the project the port has been deepened to -16 metres in the western basin and to -17m. for the port’s turning circle and entrance channel. The Port’s existing quays and parts of the breakwater have been strengthened.
Completion of planned efforts for Limassol port is estimated to be reached upon the completion of the port’s segregation into two parts, separating its twin character, thus commercial and passenger port, in addition with the upgrading of the port’s infrastructure and standards to fully comply with the needs generated from the development of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in shipping as well as works for exploiting hydrocarbons found in Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and neighbouring countries.
Additionally, at Limassol port a new passenger terminal is being built. The new passenger terminal, a total of 6.800m2, will significantly add value to the cruise and passenger handling character of the port. It is fully compliant with EU safety and security requirements and, it includes one departure hall, two arrival halls, a separated area for luggage handling and receipt, a restaurant at the 1st floor and a big parking place as well as offices for providing all needed high quality services to visitors.
It is also noted that CPA has pursued procedures in order to ensure additional land area for extending the Limassol Port, in order to be in position to satisfy the long term and short term needs of companies engaged in providing services for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons found in Cyprus’s EEZ and the EEZ of neighbouring countries.
The Larnaka port is the second largest port of Cyprus and is situated in the southeastern part of Cyprus. With a quay of 666 metres in length and a dredged depth reaching twelve metres, it serves some specialised trade and the commercial needs of Larnaka, such as the exports of agricultural products and imports of vegetables and animal feed.
However, it is scheduled for redevelopment. The process involves the development and management of the Larnaka port and marina by a strategic investor, based on a public and private sector partnership.
The Pafos port is in the south-western part of Cyprus at a central point of the city of Pafos. The port mainly serves small recreational ships and fishing vessels, whilst over the last few years the port has also been attracting cruise traffic. For this reason, the Authority is aiming to enhance the passenger character of the port in order to be in position to offer better service to cruise ships and passenger calling at the port.
The port of Vassiliko, situated in the southern part of the Cyprus between Limassol and Larnaka, is the main port for handling industrial types of cargo such as dangerous cargo and humid fuels. Ongoing discussions amongst various government departments are being held for the final configuration of the port’s master plan. The overall aim is to enhance the port’s performance whilst considering at the same time the new perspectives that have emerged from the hydrocarbon reserves found in Cyprus’s EEZ. An additional boost on the port’s operations will arise from the construction and operation of a new jetty.
The ports of Famagusta, Kyrenia, Karavostassi and Xeros are in the area under military occupation by Turkey since 1974, and have therefore been declared by the Government closed to shipping and navigation and prohibited ports of entry and exit.
Old Limassol Port
Construction work for the project of the redevelopment and redesigning of the Old Limassol port, has been completed. This whole new cultural, historical and commercial center within the old Limassol town area, includes offices, restaurants, shops, a large square and cultural and events areas.