Construction works at Ayia Napa Marina continue intensively, in order to complete the project that started operating on June 1, 2020. Media representatives toured on Wednesday the site and company representatives informed them about the progress of works, which started late in September 2016, and are scheduled to be completed by 2023. The total cost for the project is estimated at €200 mln.
Stavros Caramondanis, CEO of M.M. Makronisos Marina Ltd, said that the company continues with the project after the pandemic and noted that the marina will offer a range of facilities to vessels docking there, either for a visit or to spend a short holiday.
The marina hosts right now 35 vessels while more are expected to sail there, from other Cyprus marinas as well as from abroad, particularly Lebanon, Israel and Egypt, Caramondanis went on. He also said that the marina applies all relevant protocols for Covid-19, issued by the Republic of Cyprus and the Ministry of Health in relation to personnel and crew safety. Once completed, the marina will be the “absolute destination” for travelers and yachts for the broader Eastern Mediterranean region, Caramondanis added.
Managing Director, Costas Fitiris, said that many vessels from Lebanon and Israel cancelled their arrival, as the Republic of Cyprus downgraded these countries in category C. This means that both the captain and the crew need to stay confined for 14 days after their arrival, he added. He appeared, however, convinced that things will improve and that they will overcome the Covid-19 crisis that hit Cyprus and the rest of the world.
According to the latest data presented to journalists, the project is going according to the original schedule. Construction resumed in early May, following the lifting of restrictions imposed due to Covid-19. The goal is to make up for any delays, with the use of innovative approaches and the latest technology available, and deliver the project in 2023. There are berthing facilities for 600 vessels.
The project’s commercial zone is scheduled to start operating in the beginning of next year, covering an area of 4,000 square meters, with restaurants, coffee shops, shops and a parking area for more than 550 cars. Construction works for a residential development also continue, providing for two towers with a total of 220 luxury apparent with sea view. The project also provides for the construction of another 35 seaside luxury villas.