A new passenger terminal at Limassol port was inaugurated Thursday, paving the way for a new era in tourism and maritime industries for the southern town and Cyprus.
DP World Limassol’s cruise terminal was inaugurated by President Nicos Anastasiades as well as DP World Group’s Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
Anastasiades told an audience of government officials, partners, and stakeholders, that the terminal was a result of Concession Agreements for the port that not only bring revenue to the state but also promote growth.
“The Agreements do not only provide an important source of revenue for the country, but constitute the culmination of a vital project to the development and growth prospects of our country, through upgrading Cyprus’ role in the South-Eastern Mediterranean, promoting it as an important regional centre of tourist, maritime and trade commerce in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond,” the president said.
The passenger terminal makes it feasible for large cruise ships to make stopovers in Limassol
His Excellency Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said he was impressed with the terminal, adding that it was the result of a joined effort that would benefit visitors in Cyprus.
"Our aim is to be the port of choice in the Eastern Mediterranean and we want to create infrastructure that enables sustainable growth of the local economy and for Cyprus,” he said.
The passenger terminal makes it feasible for large cruise ships to make stopovers in Limassol, where seven separate areas make up the 8,205 square metres of the structure, with transit services, arrivals and departures, and high quality customer service.
The General Manager of DP World Limassol, Charles Meaby, echoed the president’s statement, saying the new passenger terminal will open new opportunities for the island and the southern town.
“At DP World Limassol we believe in investing to serve more cruise ships and meet the needs of the all size vessels as part of our customer-centric ethos,” Meaby said.
DP World Limassol was awarded a 25-year concession to exclusively operate the multi-purpose terminal in Limassol.
A solid foundation has been built during DP World Limassol’s first year of operation, with over 91,000 passengers being served and 11 cruise lines berthing 85 ships last year. Its activities include break-bulk, general cargo, roll-on/roll-off functionality, oil & gas services and the brand-new passenger terminal.