In order to support shipping companies and owners of Cyprus, the region’s Shipping Deputy Ministry has put in place new measures for its operations, addressing the difficulties encountered due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry issued a new circular, providing updates on precautions to minimize the disease’s risks concerning seafarers, passengers and others onboard ships.
During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum, in a keynote address to delegates, Frank Coles, Group Chief Executive, Wallem, provided an overview of the current realities shipping has to encounter, highlighting that the industry is neither special, nor immune from the 4th industrial revolution. The longer it resists, the greater the pain is going to be and if it wants to be special, it needs to reinvent itself and “forget the dinosaurs and their havens of denial”.
According to Cyprus’s Deputy Minister for Shipping, Natasa Pilides, the country’s shipping industry has been largely affected by the global spread of coronavirus. Ms Pilides also informed that the industry is following the guidelines of the ministry of health and is carrying out checks on board ships entering Cypriot ports.
The Greek Ministry of Tourism along with the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry attended a meeting and discussed several issues concerning the maritime tourism and the new ferry connection line between the two regions, which is estimated to start during summer 2020.
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) recently expressed its concerns on the increased charges at Limassol port, fearing that will have a negative result upon the competitiveness of the shipping market. For the records, the charges have been applied from 1st of February.
Port of Piraeus, Greece will be from now on ferry connected to Limassol, Cyprus. According to the Shipping Deputy Minister of Cyprus, Natasa Pilides, efforts are underway in order the ferry trip to be launched and available by this summer. For the records, the return ferry ticket is estimated to cost around €130 per person, including the port fees.
In light of the Maritime Cyprus Conference, which is taking part in Limassol, Cyprus, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades highlights the country’s discoveries of hydrocarbons in Eastern Mediterranean region and adds that the income from the ship management companies in 2018 reached the €1.034 billion.
Cyprus is thinking of updating its tonnage tax system and its pricing policy for the registration of ships, a project that is in line with its targeted measures to enhance the competitiveness of the Cyprus shipping industry, President Nicos Anastasiades reported.
The Russian Maritime Register of Shipping signed a new agreement with the Maritime Administration of Cyprus, expanding the scope of authority delegated to the Russian Maritime Register for the inspection of ships flying the flag of Cyprus.
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