Limassol port is on its way to become a regional hub; 200 cruise ships are expected
DP World Limassol, the port management company, reported on Wednesday that it had one of its finest years since taking over as operator in 2017, posting an exceptional performance in 2022, with Limassol port's cruise business and cargo volumes increasing significantly compared to 2021.
The company stated that it has moved closer to its objective of establishing Limassol port as a significant cruise destination in the Eastern Mediterranean by processing nearly 200,000 passengers and 165 cruise ships in 2022, a 338 percent and 46 percent increase over the previous year.
“Committed to transforming Limassol port into a major trading hub, DP World increased total cargo tonnage by 63 per cent, compared with 2021, handling almost 1 million tonnes,” the company said.
At the same time, the port's maritime trailer transport (Roll on Roll Off Multi-Purpose) traffic increased by 162 percent year on year, with 67,529 trailers handled.
In 2022, the terminal moved a total of 22,244 vehicles, representing a 35% increase over 2021.
“Amid a period of uncertainty, our terminal recorded impressive figures last year 2022, bringing Limassol port closer to its goal of becoming a port of choice in the region,” DP World Limassol CEO Nawaf Abdulla said.
“By undertaking a series of targeted investments in equipment, technology and infrastructure, we improved the port’s overall performance and increased our cargo handling capacity, while attracting a number of major cruise lines,” he added.
Abdulla concluded by saying that “the outlook for this year, 2023, is very positive as we expect over 200 cruise ships, while we remain committed to our long-term investment strategy, to ensure continued growth in the terminal operations sector”.
By fLEXI tEAM