The Cyprus Ports Authority is a semi-government organization established in 1973 to administer and manage Cyprus’ ports. Limassol Port falls under its jurisdiction, as well as several other ports, some oil terminals, and lighthouses. The Ports Authority is also responsible for marketing the ports services to both cargo shipping and cruise lines.
In 2007, Limassol Port welcomed more than 420 thousand passengers. It also handled more than 2.3 million tons of containerized cargo, including 1.7 million tons of imports and almost 600 tons of exports, in 377 thousand TEUs. Limassol Port handled 4.4 million tons of general cargo, including 3.2 million tons of imports and 1.2 million tons of exports. The port served 418 cruise vessels among the total of 4.3 thousand vessels visiting the port.
Limassol Port’s major exports include wines and other beverages, fruits, and vegetables.
Located on the city’s outskirts, Limassol Port handles 66% of the country’s container traffic, all of its grain imports, and more than 90% of its cruise passengers. Its container terminal has capacity to handle 600 thousand TEUs per year. A new container terminal is in progress that will be completed by 2010. Other improvements include expansion of grain silo capacity, addition of several dolphin berths, upgrading the multi-purpose quay to accommodate Post-Panamax vessels, and expanding the passenger terminal.
The entrance channel to Limassol Port is 250 meters wide and 15 meters deep. Two container terminals cover a total of 45 hectares and have capacity to handle 600 thousand TEUs a year. The East Container Terminal wharf is 480 meters long with alongside depth of 11 meters. The West Container Terminal wharf is 620 meters long with alongside depth of 14 meters and a 50-meter wide roll-on/roll-off ramp. The two terminals have stacking yards covering 400 thousand square meters, and each terminal has 29 reefer installations. The container freight station is 37.6 square meters, and the terminals have abundant cargo-handling equipment.
General Cargo is handled at two multi-purpose quays of a total 800 meters in length and with alongside depth of 11 meters. Roll-on/roll-off vessels are served at these quays. A total area of 110 square meters of open paved storage area is available, and the terminal includes four sheds covering 40 thousand square meters, storage for dangerous goods, and an inspection shed for agricultural produce.
Multi-purpose quays serve cruise vessels and ferries with a total thousand-meter-long wharf with alongside depth of 11 meters. The Passenger Terminal Building covers 3500 square meters and houses a tourist information station, duty free shops, a lounge and cafeteria, banks, international telephone services, and taxi service.