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Cyprus Announces A Tender For A Subsidized Ferry Link With Greece

Cyprus announces a tender for a subsidized ferry link with Greece

Limassol, Cyprus (PortSEurope) November 26, 2021 – The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) has announced the launch of a tender to establish a maritime passenger link between Cyprus and Greece. The service will be subsidized by EU funding. A ferry link will likely be operated by a passenger ferry carrying passengers and vehicles between the ports of Piraeus and Limassol and will possibly include an
additional intermediary stop at one of the Greek islands. Larnaca was mentioned in the local press as an alternative port in Cyprus. Last March, Vassilios Demetriades, Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister, said: “Cyprus is a significant maritime nation with strong European links. We believe that reviving the ferry connection will help us to continue building our relationship with the rest of the Mediterranean and welcome the opportunity to expanding the ferry link to a third neighboring country beyond Greece too. We also recognize that there will be higher demand during the summer season and, therefore, will consider a seasonal ferry connection to encourage a broader range of applicants for this tender. We believe this link will be hugely advantageous to the region as a whole, and look forward to reviewing the tenders in the new year. “We are also pleased to confirm that there will be a significant national subsidy of €5m per year plus specific provisions for fuel price adjustments to support the service and we welcome all potential operators to submit comments to the draft tender conditions by Friday 12 November 2021 on the e-procurement website.” Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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