Northern Cypriot destination, Karpaz Gate Marina has announced that it is now offering expanded capabilities at its boatyard. Featuring an 18,000m² dry dock and 300-tonne capacity travel lift, the yard is reporting a rise in current projects and renewal work for a number of superyachts, as well as refit, repair and season preparation service projects. In an attempt to encourage yachts to visit on a more permanent basis, the marina is also offering berthing packages to include free dry dock services for specific maintenance and repair work.
The expanded facilities come at an appropriate time for the region, which is allegedly seeing a rise in the number of visiting superyachts. “There is a substantial increase in the number of yachts cruising around the eastern Mediterranean, particularly in the vicinity of Greece and Turkey,” explained Andreas Christodoulides, CEO of Limassol Marina, based in southern Cyprus. “We are actually very fortunate to be located at the crossroads of three continents, and amidst all these renowned destinations, so we do feel the benefits.”
With both facilities relatively new to the island, options for yachts looking for refit and repair work are still fairly limited. But Christodoulides reassures that there is still progress to be made. “Cyprus doesn’t have many lifting facilities for superyachts at the moment, seeing as it is a whole new market for us,” he admitted. “There are two locations with lifting capabilities for superyachts around Limassol, one of which is situated a short distance from our marina at the commercial port. Our facilities are of a good standard and prices are reasonable. There is, of course, room for improvement in the broader sense but the development of more superyacht marinas around the island is in the planning and this will help us dramatically in all aspects.”