2.1.1 Cyprus Port of Limassol

Cyprus Port of Limassol

Key port information can also be found at: Maritime Database Wesbite information on Cyprus Port of Limassol

Port Overview:

Limassol Port, also known as the New Lemessos Port, is situated west of Limassol. It is the biggest port in Cyprus and has the largest range of facilities. It handles almost all passenger boat traffic into and out of Cyprus, including cruise ships and ferry connection with Greece, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon.
Services available at the port include:

  • Tourist information desk
  • Foreign-currency exchange bureau
  • Public telephones
  • Duty Free shops
  • Bank
  • Cafeteria
  • Health Inspector’s office
  • First aid centre
  • Car insurance office
  • Taxi and bus services are available to the town centre

Port website: Cyprus Ports Authority Website

Port Location and Contacts



Province or District


Town or City (Closest location) with Distance (km)

Name: Vasilikos, Lemesos

km: n/a

Port's Complete Name

Port of Limassol





Managing Company or Port Authority (If more than one operator, break down by area of operation)

Cyprus Ports Authority

Management Contact Person


Closest Airport and Frequent Airlines to / from International Destinations

Airport Name: n/a

Airlines: n/a

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

The Cyprus Ports Authority was established in 1973 on the basis of the 1973 Ports Authority Law. This was a result of a clause in a Loan granted to the Republic of Cyprus by the World Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 1969, for the construction of (Lemesos) Limassol and Larnaka ports. The Bank had asked for the creation of an independent and flexible organisation free of pubic sector bureaucratic procedures and which could operate on a commercial basis.
Cyprus Ports Authority is a Public Sector Entity set up by law and governed by a nine-member Board (Chairman, Vice-Chairman and seven members) appointed by the Council of Ministers for a three-year term. The Board applies the policies of the Government according to the Authority’s legislation. These policies are conveyed and supervised by the Minister of Communication and Works.
The Authority is the competent entity to administer, operate and develop the ports, as well as to facilitate international shipping aids and issue licences for pilotage.
The Authority has a double role:
(a) It exercises public power
(b) It provides commercial and financial services

In its public power role, the Authority is the owner of the ports and lighthouses as well as being the regulator of port services rendered. Within the framework of this role, the Authority:

  • Plans, develops and manages port infrastructure.
  • Provides licences for the use of port land, and the provision of services in the ports under its jurisdiction.
  • Provides licences for the provision of port services and for the construction of works in port areas.
  • Provides public/non financial activities.

As well as the above role, the Authority provides commercial/financial/port services. The main ones are:

  • Ship pilotage
  • Ship towage and mooring
  • Use of gantry cranes and large mobile cranes
  • Reception, storage and delivery of cargo

Within the jurisdiction of the Authority are the commercial ports of Lemesos (Limassol) and Larnaka, the old port of Lemesos (Limassol), the Paphos port, the Latchi fishing harbour and the oil terminals at Vassiliko and Moni. Further, the lighthouses at Cape Greco, Cape Kiti, Cape Gata, Paphos and Akamas also come under its jurisdiction.

For information on Cyprus Port of Limassol contact details, please see the following link: 

4.3 Cyprus Port and Waterways Company Contact List

Port Performance

For information on Port of Limassol performance figures, please see the following documents: 

Port of Limassol Cargo Performance Jan - Jun 2013

Port of Limassol Containers Performance Jan - Jun 2013

Port of Limassol General Performance Graphs Sept 2013

Port of Limassol Number of Ships Jan - Jun 2013

Port of Limassol Passengers Performance Jan - Jun 2013


Note: The information provided in the attached documents, which has been taken from the old DLCA, does not match the structure of the new LCA and is therefore provided separately.

Berthing Specifications

For the purchase of affording service to ships/cargoes and port users, the Authority provides its own modern equipment manned by its own personnel.
The floating equipment provided by the Authority for facilitating the mooring of ships is:
Tug Boats:

  • "OTHELLO" 1300BHP- Boll pull 16TNS
  • "PRINIAS" 3500BHP- Boll pull 35TNS
  • "ASPELIA" 3500BHP- Boll pull 35TNS

Pilot Ships:

  • "ALASIA"

For auxiliary purposes the Authority provides also the "ACHEON AKTI" and the multipurpose boat "NEREUS".
The land based equipment for the loading/unloading of cargo includes:

  • Two gantry cranes "Reggianne" of 40 tons hoisting power installed on the eastern quay in 1984.
  • Two gantry cranes "Panamax" by "Ceretti Tanfani" of 40 tons hoisting installed at first on the eastern quay and transferred to the western quay in 1996.
  • Two gantry cranes "Panamax" by "Ceretti Tanfani" of 45 tons hoisting installed on the souhtern quay in 1996.
  • Two mobile cranes DEMAG 27 and DEMAG 28 of 21 tons and 40 tons hoisting power respectively. They are used mainly for loading/unloading of conventional cargo.
  • One mobile crane GOTTWALD of 35 tons hoisting power.


  • One mobile crane on rails STOTHERT & PIT (Luffing Crane) of 35 tons hoisting power which was installed on the western quay in 1974.

If the needs of the port are not satisfied by the Authority’s equipment then private licensed cranes are mobilized, for which the Authority levies royalties.

For emergency purposes or in the event of interruption of the electricity supply, the Authority equipped itself with a mobile generator of 750KVA capacity and thereafter with yet another three generators of 8KVA, 40KVA and 60KVA capacity, respectively. At Lemesos port there is a medium voltage (11KV) network installed which supplies nine substations through underground cables. Most of the substations of the Authority are on a ring circuit for unimpeded electricity supply.

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)

Conventional Berth

2 Length 880m, (North quay 430m. and West quay 450m.) Depth alongside of 11m to 13m

Container Berth

2 Total length of 1100m, (East quay 480m. and New West quay 620m.) East quay with a depth alongside of 11m , New West quay with a depth alongside of 14m

Tanker Berths

1 50m long at a 60cm height above seawater Depth of 14m.
Dolphin berths 5 Maximum ship’s displacement 20,000 tons free surface expose to air 5000sq. m. Depth of 11m

Berthing Tugs

2 x Bollard Pull 35 Tons (BHP 3500)

1 x Bollard Pull 16.5 Tons (BHP 1320)

Pilot boats 6

Mooring Boats

Water Barges 1 ( ACHEON AKTI) , multipurpose boat "NEREUS"

General Cargo Handling Berths

Total quay length 880m, (North quay 430m. and West quay 450m.)

Depth alongside of 11m to 13m served by:

  • 1x35t rail mounted slewing crane
  • mobile x 40t, 2x40t
  • mobile cranes 1x21t mobile crane 
  • private cranes up to 110 tons. (1x100t mobile, 5x40t mobile, 2x35t mobile, 1x25t mobile, 6x6t mobile,
  • 31 x 1.5-4 tons forklifts.

Port Handling Equipment

Is the port equipment managed by the government or privately? n/a

Tanker Berths:
Conventional buoy berths for oil discharging only.

  • Moni EAC (Electricity Authority of Cyprus);
  • Moni Cement Plant;
  • Akrotiri BSBA: (British Sovereign Base Area)

Ro-Ro Berths:

  • Ro-Ro vessels can be accommodated at any quay. However a 50m long at a 60cm height above seawater. Ro-Ro berth also available, with a depth of 14m.

Dolphin Berths:

  • There are five dolphin berths at the south end of the west basin, with a depth of 11m alongside. Maximum ship’s displacement 20,000 tons free surface expose to air 5000sq. m.



(Yes / No)

Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane

Rail mounted slewing crane

1 x 35 tons


Container Gantries




Mobile Cranes

Rail mounted slewing crane, mobile

Mobile cranes

Private Mobile cranes

1 x 40 tons


2 x 40 tons

1 x 21 tons


5 x 40 tons

2 x 25 tons

6 x 6 tons






RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)




Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines










31 x 1.5-4 tons


Container Facilities

Total length of 1100m, (East quay 480m. and New West quay 620m.) East quay with a depth alongside of 11m served by 2x40 tons Gantry cranes. New West quay with a depth alongside of 14m served by 2x40 tons Panamax and 2x45t Post Panamax quay cranes.


20 ft

40 ft

Container Facilities Available



Container Freight Station (CFS)

Yes Yes

Refrigerated Container Stations

Yes Yes

Other Capacity Details

Daily Take Off Capacity (Containers per day)


Number of Reefer Stations (connection points)


Emergency Take-off Capacity (Give an indication)


Off take capacity of gang shift (in Containers per shift)

n/a n/a

Customs Guidance

For information on Cyprus Port of Limassol Customs information, please see the following link: 

1.3 Cyprus Customs Information

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Conventional buoy berths for oil discharging only.

  • Moni EAC (Electricity Authority of Cyprus);
  • Moni Cement Plant;
  • Akrotiri BSBA: (British Sovereign Base Area)

Main Storage Terminal

In the land area of the Port, the Authority has covered and open spaces for the storage of cargo.
Covered spaces comprising 5 warehouses of total area 39760sq. m.

  • Warehouse No.1 7200m²
  • Warehouse No.2 6080m²
  • Warehouse No.3 10000m²
  • Warehouse No.4 10080m²
  • Warehouse No.5 6400m²

Part of the warehouse No.2 was assigned to the British Bases for their own cargo traffic while the remainder was assigned to the Customs and Excise Department for the auctioning of cargo which remains in the port area in excess of prescribed time (Republic Bonded Warehouse).

  • Open storage spaces, for conventional cargo of 157000m²
  • Stacking areas for containers 344400m²
  • There are also 299 electricity supply points for containers-refrigerators.
  • Paved area for general cargo: 57.000sq. m
  • Stacking area for containers: 342.500sq. m

Container Freight Station: 37.600sq.m (includes open and shedded areas/sheds no.3 and 4).
NB: Due to upgrading of stacking areas the above will be revised


Services offered by Stevedoring Company: Tel. 00357 25877144 Fax. 00357 25877146
However shipping agents may act as master stevedores for their vessels

Port Security

In accordance with EU directives as well as with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), the Authority has proceeded to the following measures at Lemesos Port:

  • Checking and control of entry/exit to the Port by Security Guards on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week
  • The control of people entering the port area is done via entry cards issued by the Authority
  • At the main entrance to the port there is a closed circuit surveillance and recording on video tape. The installation of a closed circuit surveillance of the whole of the port area and of the fence area are at the development process. (second phase)
  • Installation of a ‘’hot’’ telephone line at the port entrance.
  • Reinforcement of the fence of the port area
  • Increase of security personnel.
  • Modification of the Passenger’s Terminal in line with the provision of the Schengen Treaty.
  • For port security purposes there are frequent patrols by security guards and by members of Port and Nautical Police Force.
  • The Authority has installed a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Radar system for the continuous monitoring and recording of ship and boat traffic at the port and at the roadstead. The monitoring Station is manned by Authority officials on a 24 hour basis.
  • To cover the eventuality of nuclear cargo traffic the Customs Department has installed special tracking pylons at the port area.

For port security, the Authority has a responsible official who is in charge of the Security Guards.


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