Cyprus-Greece passenger ferry to sail off from Limassol in June
The first Cyprus-Greece passenger ferry line 22 years after it was abandoned will kick off as early as June from Limassol port, Philenews reported on Tuesday.
The preferred bidder to operate the once very popular ferry line will remain unknown until next week when the Deputy Ministry of Shipping plans to give out details, it added.
“The tender review process among the three finalist bidders has been completed,” the deputy ministry announced on Monday.
“The preferred bidder is expected to submit final contractual documents within a few days,” it added.
The maritime link will serve the port of Limassol and that of Piraeus for the transportation of passengers and their vehicles.
Three European entities had submitted expressions of interest in the improved tender in January. Last year’s previous tender had failed to attract any interest.
In November, the ministry launched a fresh attempt for a three-year contract valued at €33 million with annual state aid of €5.5 million. The aid was approved by the EU under a public service obligation provision.