The shipping ministry announced that Cyprus Island had been chosen as an anchorage location for the layup of six modern cruise ships owned by one of the world's largest cruise shipping companies. The anchorage area is off Limassol's village Moni. The shipowner (cruise company's brand) was not revealed.
According to the ministry, the ships are amongst "the most advanced and environmentally friendly vessels ever constructed." The design of the high-technology, multi-million vessels and the systems used in their operation is specifically built to meet the most stringent of environmental requirements and legislation and allow them to operate in some of the most environmentally protected waters, such as the Arctic and Alaska, the ministry said.
The ministry added that the hosting of the ships would bring positive financial income to the economy of the country, at a time when, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's under increasing pressure.
The ships will be paying fees for anchorage, ordering services and goods from local suppliers to support the crew onboard (no passengers are currently allowed) and utilising local companies to provide assistance and technical support.