Recent reports of tax savings on fuel, technical services, supplies and berthing fees in Cyprus have shown the island as an attractive destination for Russian owners looking for a long-term berth for their yacht. Recent investments into marina infrastructures, which have seen refit and repair facilities installed, have meant that the accessibility and feasibility of the largely undiscovered superyacht destination is increasing.

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 300-tonne travel lift at Karpaz Gate Marina.

“We have been able to take on many more big projects this year, including a major steel plate renewal project for a Benetti motoryacht,” said Karahan Sahin, marina technical manager. “We also worked on another major repair on a Moonen 58 motoryacht which again involved steel plate renewal, along with interior redesign works. In addition, we continue to provide seasonal services to numerous clients. We have comprehensive engineering and boat maintenance services, including our travel lift, which is capable of lifting vessels up to 45m and with a beam of up 10m.”

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.”


88.5m motoryacht Nirvana arriving at Limassol Marina.

Limassol Marina, which opened this year, has enabled the island to accommodate superyachts of up to 115m. The marina also has a boatyard for light boat repairs and maintenance, served by a 100 tonne travel lift, a 40 tonne trailer and hard standing area. "We have a 10,000m² boatyard for repairs and maintenance, with all traditional services, an experienced team of professionals and an approved list of contractors and subcontractors to execute all requests,” added Christodoulides.

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.”

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