The revived Cyprus-Greece ferry, which set sail in mid-June, saw its final return voyage for this season. The ferry left Piraeus on Friday and arrived in Limassol on Saturday.
After conducting a total of 22 round trips, Cyprus’ Deputy Minister for Shipping Vasilis Demetriades said the overall number of passengers was 7,162. The renovated M/V Daleela also ferried 2,250 vehicles and motorcycles as well as around 200 pets.
In a statement to Philenews, Demetriades noted: “With the completion of the round trips we plan to convene a meeting with the contracting company, the Customs Department, the Police, the Ministry of Transport, the Ports Authority and DP World Limassol, so that various issues related to the operation of the service will be discussed. We will focus on problems that have arisen and exchange views on how these should be resolved before the new season resumes.”
Cyprus-Greece ferry connected the two countries after 21 years
The Cyprus-Greece ferry line has finally connected Greece and Cyprus after nearly 21 years. Scandro Holding Ltd was awarded the project of reviving the maritime link between the two countries in January for a bid of 15.59 million euros.
The company, a joint venture between Acheon Akti Navigation and tour operator Top Kinisis Travel, operated the ferry service between Limassol and Piraeus for the summer on a Cypriot-flagged passenger ferry with a capacity of 400 people.
Back in June, Dimitriades said that the ministry was “currently considering the possible extension of the connection to a third neighboring country, beyond Greece. This is in line with our long-term maritime strategy, which supports cooperation and will contribute to a better-connected Europe.”
The revived ferry includes a restaurant, cafeteria, and clinic in addition to 38 first-class cabins (110 passengers), 68 second-class cabins, and 110 outdoor seats. It can also accommodate up to 100 vehicles.
The Cypriot government has committed to funding the connection with 5.5 million euros per year for a period of three years and a total of 16.5 million euros.