x

Society

Cyprus Seeking Bidders to Renew Old Ferry Line to Greece

November 30, 2021

NICOSIA – Some 21 years after its operation ceased, a ferry between Cyprus and Greece will begin again at some point after the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry said a tender process would begin to seek bidders.

The government will include a subsidy of 5.5 million euros ($6.25 million) for a three-year contract and consider an extension for another three years, said the site Shipping News.

That’s in line with what the European Union allows to reinstate the line that was losing money when it ended with hopes enough people will prefer to travel by ferry than take the short hop flight of one hour and 40 minutes.

The ferry would take 16 hours and cost 50 euros ($57) one way or 80 euros ($91 round trip) and be more expensive than the cheapest flight available at $23 linking the countries.

The service will be offered on a weekly basis between April-May to September-October only as a seasonal service and have 22 return sailings annually on a limited service during peak periods. It wasn’t said why the summer wasn’t included.

Deputy Shipping Minister Vassilios Demetriades said that, “Reviving the ferry connection will help us to continue building our relationship with the rest of the Mediterranean and we welcome the opportunity to expand the ferry link to a third neighboring country beyond Greece too.

“We also recognize that there will be higher demand during the summer season and, therefore, will consider a seasonal ferry connection to encourage a broader range of applicants for this tender,” he added.

The deadline for tender submissions is noon on Jan. 28, 2022.

RELATED

NICOSIA - Battling a longstanding reputation as a haven for foreigners to hide money and illicit gains, Cyprus is making some inroads in trying to deal with the problem that includes terrorist financing.

Top Stories

United States

JANUARY 14-17 GLENBROOK, NV – The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco 2022 Young Adult Winter Retreat ‘Citizens of the Desert: Embracing Our Role as Christian Witnesses to Our World’ takes place January 14-17, Martin Luther King weekend, at Lake Tahoe, the Galilee Camp and Conference Center, 1776 U.

Associations

CHICAGO – The Greek Women’s University Club (GWUC) celebrated the organization’s 90th anniversary and the launch of the Hellenic Revolution’s 200th anniversary with a scholarship presentation to three female students on December 29th at Jameson’s Charhouse.

Cinema

The long-awaited historical epic film My Beloved Smyrna (Σμυρνη Μου Αγαπημενη)  has arrived in Greek cinema theaters after a glamorous premiere at the Megaron - Athens Concert Hall.

Video

Jill Biden: I Didn’t Expect “Healing Role” as First Lady

LAS VEGAS — Her husband campaigned to help unite the country, but Jill Biden says "healing" a nation wounded by a deadly pandemic, natural and other disasters and deep political polarization is among her chief roles as first lady, too.