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Debut of DP World Limassol draws immediate flak

Terminal operator DP World has come in for immediate flak on taking over the Cypriot port of Limassol this weekend. The privatisation process has been controversial and drawn plenty of criticism in the past year by dockworkers and local owners.

DP World finally took control of the port on Saturday. The Cyprus Shipping Association wasted little time in raising concerns about the new port tenant. The association is worried prices are likely to rise while much of the equipment at the port remains antiquated. A spokesperson for the association told local media that fees for certain ship types could rise by up to 150%.

DP World Limassol has stressed it is determined to have a smooth launch of operations and will listen to customer concerns.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Congratulations to DP World. DPW now needs a good port engineering partner to help upgrade, modify and modernize their cranes and equipment in Limassol Port.

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