Li­mas­sol port ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion ex­ceeds all ex­pec­ta­tions

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Trans­port Min­is­ter Mar­ios Deme­tri­ades said he is sat­is­fied with the ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion of the DP World con­tainer ter­mi­nal and the mul­ti­pur­pose ter­mi­nal at the port of Li­mas­sol, say­ing that it has noth­ing to envy from other Euro­pean ports. Ad­dress­ing the gen­eral assem­bly of the Ship­ping Agents As­so­ci­a­tion, the Min­is­ter said that seven months af­ter the port’s op­er­a­tion was as­signed to strate­gic in­vestors, the per­for­mance of the con­tainer sta­tion has “ex­ceeded ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion”.

He said that the av­er­age ser­vice time for con­tain­ers is 15 min­utes, com­pared to over an hour un­der the previous regime.

In ad­di­tion, he said that the av­er­age time of ships’ stay in the port is less than 24 hours, com­pared to more than two days when the port was op­er­ated by the state Cyprus Port Author­ity.

As a re­sult, he said, there are sig­nif­i­cant cost cuts for the users of the port, which amount to tens of thou­sands of euros.

“I dare say that the per­for­mance of the con­tainer ter­mi­nal at Li­mas­sol port has noth­ing to envy from other mod­ern Euro­pean ports, and the same ap­plies to the multi-pur­pose ter­mi­nal, since the ser­vice is con­stantly im­prov­ing and, in the case of mar­itime ser­vices, ser­vice has reached very sat­is­fac­tory lev­els,” the Min­is­ter said.

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