Limassol (CYLMS)

Port Code CYLMS City Limassol
Port Name Limassol Country/Region Cyprus
Nearby Main Port Inland Transport
Official Website Port Type Feeder Port

Introduction of Limassol (CYLMS)



The Port of Limassol is located on the southern coast of Cyprus, on the northwest coast of AKROTIRI Bay, on the northeast side of the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as Lemessos, it is the largest port in Cyprus and the cargo transit center in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially for the transit of goods from the Far East to Europe, which occupies an extremely advantageous position.

Cyprus agriculture is the main economic sector, dominated by citrus fruits, and food crops cannot be self-sufficient. The main minerals are copper, pyrite, chromium and asbestos. In industry, the mining industry has a long history. In terms of processing and manufacturing, clothing, shoemaking, food, cigarettes, cement, etc. occupy an important position in the national economy. The port is about 80km away from Larnaca International Airport , with regular flights.

The area where the port is located has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with prevailing southwest winds. The highest annual average temperature is 39℃ and the lowest is 0℃. The annual average rainfall is about 500mm, and the rainy season is from November to March of the following year. There are 9 thunderstorm days in the year. The tide is high, and the maximum tide rise is 0.5m.

A brief introduction to the port of Limassol

Limassol Newport

Although the port of Famagusta has lasted for centuries, the port of Limassol has become the main sea port of Cyprus. This was mainly a direct consequence of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974, placing the port of Famagusta in the occupied territory, inaccessible to Greek Cypriots. The port is the largest and busiest port on the island, capable of handling vessels up to 820 feet (250 meters), anchored at a water level of 45 feet (14 meters). It enters through a 49-foot (15-meter) deep and 492-foot (150-meter) wide approach passage between the ends of the two breakwaters.

As Cyprus becomes a member of the shipping industry, Limassol and its new port have become more and more important over time and are now the center of many shipping companies . Most of the goods (import and export) on the island are handled here. In 2000, 3589,000 tons of cargo were handled, and approximately one million people arrived and departed (90% of the total traffic). More than 50 international cruise ships, including Cyprus, are on its Mediterranean route, leading to most passenger traffic.

The port has repeatedly served as an evacuation point for refugees fleeing conflicts in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of EU and other citizens have recently evacuated from Lebanon.

Limassol Old Port

Known today as the Old Port of Limassol used to be the main port of Limassol. Cyprus was built during 1956 (in its current form) until the new port of Limassol was built in 1973. It was dismissed during the delivery of the original foundation to Britain during the occupation of the island in the late nineteenth century. Since 1974, the Royal Air Force 1153 Marine Corps (MCU) has been stationed in the west of the port.

Over time, it has changed from a cargo and passenger terminal to its current use as a recreational, fishing boat and coast guard residence. After construction, plans have been drawn up to transform the area into a more functional leisure center. As a result, the old port has been officially closed, and the project began to be used in 2010 under the name "Limassol Terminal".

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Summary of CYLMS

The Port of Limassol (Port Code:CYLMS) is the largest port in Cyprus, located in the city of Limassol. The port is located in the Eastern Mediterranean and is considered one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean transit trade. The city of Limassol is a centre for numerous global shipping companies. Most of the island’s cargo (importation and exportation) is also handled in this port. In the year 2000, 3,589,000 tonnes of cargo were handled whilst there were roughly 1 million passenger arrival and departures (>90% of total traffic). Over 50 international cruise liners include Cyprus in their Mediterranean Sea routes resulting in much of the passenger traffic.
The port is capable of handling vessels up to 820 ft (250 m) size for berthing in 45 ft (14 m) of water. It is entered through an approach channel which is 49 ft (15 m) deep and 492 ft (150 m) wide between the ends of two breakwaters. In 2016 the port has been privatized to a consortium led by Eurogate International for the container terminal, while DP World will be the operator for multipurpose passenger terminal.