A multinational professional services firm in Larnaca says plans to give the planned marina and port a new facelift can get underway next year if all goes according to plan.
According to the report, the entire port will have to be developed to accommodate the docking of larger vessels – such as cruise ships. Regarding the marina, the report made projections for a berth capacity to accommodate around 700 boats, the development of parking spaces and service stations for larger vessels.
In addition, offices, shops, restaurants, cafeterias, residences and a five-star hotel are all included in the plans.
Attending the event by EY on Monday were several high ranking officials, such as Communications Minister Marios Demetriades, Larnaca Mayor Andreas Louroutziatis, municipality members, several MPs and representatives of political parties and unions.
The government aims to complete the preliminary studies by the beginning of September 2016, followed by an invitation to a tender competition so that an investor is found by 2017.
If all goes as planned, the government hopes that work on port and marina developments can commence by 2018.
Demetriades said that there is no intention of the port becoming an energy hub, and that the development will be mainly to attract tourism.
He also said that “perhaps certain uses of the port are in contradiction with other uses, and that is our concern”, adding that certain current operations of the Larnaca port will be transferred to the terminal at Vasiliko.