Cyprus ports to get a face-lift!
The islandís ports and coastlines will be upgraded with three massive multimillion pound projects in the next four to five years under a new EU policy to increase sea transportation in the entire Mediterranean region.
Cyprus Ports Authority General Manager Mr. Yiannakis Kokkinos in an interview with The Cyprus Weekly revealed plans for Larnaca and Limassol ports totaling around £180 m, to be ready before 2010.
The plans concern the extension and stepping up of Limassolís old and new port and the extension and upgrading of Larnaca port and marina.
ďThe development of the islandís ports falls within the new government and EU policy with the responsibility of certain costs so that European ports will become more modern and up to standard and more effective to cope with Europeís transportation needs and move cargo transport from its congested road networks to sea transportation as the sea is environmentally friendly, cheaper and has a number of other advantages,Ē Mr. Kokkinos said.
Today European estimates, he said, show that 85-90% of Europeís cargo is transported via roads and railways.