CYPRUS: New investments upgrade at Limassol port

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Two and a half years after undertaking the operations of Limassol port and the new cruise terminal, DP World has upgraded infrastructure and equipment.

DP World Limassol gave media an insight on the recent developments at Limassol port, its operations and demonstration of its new equipment.

The port acquired a brand-new range of equipment in January as part of an ongoing upgrade of the infrastructure.

The new machinery was operational in March, following an intensive training procedure and has contributed in speeding up operations at the Multi-purpose port terminal.

General Manager of DP World Limassol, Charles Meaby said: “We are proud of what we have achieved so far. Limassol port is a main driver of growth and DP World Limassol contributes substantially in its development thus, positively affecting the country’s economy while generating multiple benefits for the local community”.

“Our focus is on innovating and optimizing our assets, so we can offer solutions to meet our partners’ and customers’ needs and advance global trade – reliably, efficiently, effectively and responsibly whilst providing a great customer experience,” he added.

New equipment includes a high-tech LHM 420 mobile harbour crane, with maximum lifting capacity of 144 tons and radius of 54 metres enhancing the efficient handling and transportation of bulk cargo, general cargo, containers, oil and gas. It produces low emissions and has lower noise levels.

A Liebherr reach stacker, designed for fast handling of containers and semi-trailers has also been introduced.

It has an economical 230 kW Liebherr diesel engine that provides fuel savings of up to 30% compared to the market average and reduced emissions.

DP World Limassol has also, invested in the acquisition of various other equipment including internal cargo platforms used for Ro-Ro and container operations, forklifts, ITVs and trailers and various crane attachments.

More than 180,000 cruise passengers

Limassol has served more than 180,000 passengers at the new cruise terminal via transit or home port calls since the takeover of the operations of the terminal.

By the end of July, DP World Limassol would serve over 30 cruise vessels both transit and home port.

In 2018, 68 arrivals were recorded while for 2019 93 arrivals are expected in total, of which 53 will be transit calls and 40 home port calls marking an increase of over 35%. The same incremental trend is expected to continue in 2020.

The company has made significant investments in order to modernize the New Cruise Terminal and enhance tourists’ experience. 

These investments include the complete landscaping of the surrounding area, the installation of an automated irrigation system, the installation of a full range of latest technology, including remote smart monitors in both arrival and departure halls.

Furthermore, it has installed state of the art CCTV & access control systems and a full range of recycling bins within the terminals.

Two new duty-free shops are ready to operate this summer.

In addition, DP World Limassol was awarded at the recent 2019 Cyprus Tourism Awards with the Silver Award in the category of “Strategy & Innovation/Modernization of Infrastructure” while MedCruise recognised the terminal as the “Most Efficient Cruise Terminal” in the maiden MedCruise Awards.

Oil & Gas logistics base

An onsite Oil & Gas logistics base has also been established at Limassol. It is a multi-user area that can support Oil & Gas operations that includes a 430-meter dedicated berth to Oil & Gas activities, mobilization/demobilization operations, open bonded and covered storages/warehouses, offices and drilling liquid production facilities.

In April 2016, DP World Limassol was awarded a 25-year concession to exclusively operate the multi-purpose terminal in Limassol.