Demetriades was welcomed to the port by the DP World Limassol officials and had the chance to have a closer look at the company’s operations along with the infrastructure and recently purchased equipment.
As part of his port visit, he met with Nawaf Abdulla, CEO, DP World Limassol, with whom he exchanged views on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on Cyprus’ maritime industry and ways to support the sector.
Furthermore, some of the key issues that were discussed, were the future Cyprus-Greece ferry link project, the country’s cruise development strategy and the sustainable development of the port and the community.
In statements, Demetriades said, “this period has given us the opportunity to rethink our plans and to consider ways to make Cyprus shipping services more efficient and competitive. DP World Limassol is an important partner of the state and a key stakeholder of the maritime sector and the Cyprus economy and I am especially pleased to see that we share a common vision for the sustainable development of the port. Close cooperation is essential, in order to help the Limassol port, become the main port of choice in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Demetriades also referred to the Cyprus-Greece ferry link, a project that was recently green-lit by the European Union for government funding pointing out that the Limassol port is among the choices for the link, “because of its proximity to Greece and the cruise terminal’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and services.”