Port of Limassol
|Port of Limassol|
|Owned by||Cyprus Port Authority|
|Type of harbor||Cargo & Passenger|
|Size of harbor||1.0 sq. km|
|Land area||1.3 sq. km|
|Port Manager||Senior Pilot|
|Vessel arrivals||36,315 sea ships (2000)|
|Annual cargo tonnage||3,589 million tonnes (2000)|
The Port of Limassol is located in the Eastern Mediterranean. With Limassol an established player in the shipping industry, the port has accumulated importance as a center for shipping companies. Most of the island’s cargo importation and exportation is handled Limassol's port. In the year 2000, 3,589,000 tonnes of cargo were handled whilst there were roughly 1 million passenger arrival and departures. In 2016 the port has been privatized to a consortium lead by Germany's Eurogate International for the container terminal, while DP World will be the operator for multipurpose passenger terminal.
Role as an International Shipping Hub
Although a title held by Port of Famagusta for centuries, Limassol Port has now become the principal seaport in Cyprus. This was largely a direct result of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 leaving the port of Famagusta within occupied territory and inaccessible to Greek Cypriots. The port is the largest and busiest harbour on the island, capable of handling vessels up to 820 ft (250 m) size for berthing in 45 ft (14 m) of water. It is entered through an approach channel which is 49 ft (15 m) deep and 492 ft (150 m) wide between the ends of two breakwaters. Over 50 international cruise liners include Cyprus in their Mediterranean routes resulting in much of that passenger traffic. The port has served as the evacuation point for refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East. Most recently hundreds of thousands of EU and other citizens were evacuated from Lebanon.
Role as an International Military Hub
The port's strategic location in the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa have made it a common facilitator for Naval ships from around the world including regular visits from the United States Navy, the Russian Navy the Israeli Navy the People's Liberation Army Navy and customarily from the Military of the European Union.
Limassol Old Port
What is today known as the Limassol Old Port used to be the main port of Limassol, Cyprus between its construction (in its current form) in 1956 up until the delivery of the Limassol New Port in 1973. Its original foundations were laid during the British rule of the island in the late 19th century. Up to and including 1974, the British RAF 1153 Royal Air Force Marine Branch was stationed in the western part of the harbour. As times moved on, it changed from being a cargo and passenger terminal to its current use as a leisure, fishing boat and coast guard shelter. Following an architectural competition, plans have been drawn up to revamp the area and transform it into a more functional leisure centre. For that reason the Old Port had been officially closed and the project commenced after some delays under the name Limassol Marina in 2010.
In September 2015, the economic minister said in an interview that the privatization of the Limassol port would contribute a comparably small portion of the expected revenue from the government’s entire privatization program, which initially aimed at generating a total of €1.4bn. In 2016 a consortium comprising EuroGate International GmbH, which has the majority holding, Interorient Navigation Company Ltd, and East Med Holdings S.A, is to be granted the concession for the port’s container terminal. A consortium consisting of DP World Limited (majority holder), P&O Maritime and GAP Vassilopoulos Public Ltd was picked to take over the port’s maritime services. The operations of the general cargo terminal were awarded to a joint venture comprising DP World Limited (majority holder) and GAP Vassilopoulos Public Ltd. The container terminal and multi-purpose terminal are both expected to be awarded for 25-30 years with a right to exploit and commercially develop.
- Cyprus ports Authority – Traffic Statistics
- DP World and EuroGate won concessions at Limassol port
- Marine Traffic: Port of Limassol
- Official U.S. Navy Website – information from the Naval Research Laboratory. 
- Evacuations continue until final hours - Cyprus Mail archived article - Tuesday, August 15, 2006 
- HMS Bulwark brings Britons to safety
- Cyprus Ports Authority: New Lemesos Port
- Sigma News: USS Mount Whitney arrives at Limassol Port
- Russian navy warships dock in Cyprus
- The flagship of the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet to visit Cyprus
- Israeli navy pulls in humanitarian aid boat
- Brazilian Admiral visits German sailors in UNIFIL
- Anastasiades visits ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ at Limassol port
- Russia flexes its muscles in the Mediterranean
- HMS Ambush to dock in Limassol
- Chinese warship in Cyprus to aid Syrian chemical weapons removal
- Cyprus Yachting: Russian Army Ships in Limassol Port
- £10 million facelift for old Limassol port - Cyprus Mail archive article - Thursday, February 23, 2006 
- Limassol port bus stop - Cyprus by Bus 
- Cabinet Approves EuroGate, Dubai Ports Bids For Limassol Port
- Cabinet approves EuroGate, Dubai Ports bids for Limassol port
- Done deal for Limassol port