articles | 05 April 2021 | Shipping Deputy Ministry

Cyprus Shipping Strategy – Consultation Campaign

Cyprus’ connection to the sea is fundamental to who we are both as a nation and an economy. We have a proud maritime history and are committed to ensuring this continues into the long-term future.

To achieve this, we know we must continue to act and proactively drive progress on both a regional and international level. We also know that to lead effectively we must also listen, which is why we want to co-create a long-term strategic vision for Cyprus’ shipping, maritime, and marine-related activities.

To do this, we need to carefully consider the key challenges and opportunities facing us today and into the future, from multiple perspectives. We are therefore asking you to share your thoughts and ideas on certain topics, including environmental sustainability, digital transformation, and global challenges such as crew changes and piracy. We will consolidate all the information that we gather to determine a clear vision, mission and objectives to take us forward.

Whatever your connection to us, we want to hear from you. If you are part of the global shipping community; if you belong to the maritime community based in Cyprus; or if you live in Cyprus and have views on marine-related activities – we value your opinions. Please get in touch to share your thoughts and ideas.

Why are we doing this?

SEA Cyprus

Sustainable Extrovert Adaptable  


Sustainability is not solely about the environment. To sustain is to maintain change without compromising the future. With so many factors influencing our shipping, maritime, and marine-related activities on both a micro and macro scale, Cyprus is committed to striking the right balance between achieving transformation while safeguarding competitiveness.


Cyprus has always prided itself of being a collaborative and proactive nation. We recognise the importance of our place on the global stage and understand the power of driving progress when multiple actors are invested in a certain direction. In true Cyprus-style, we are opening our doors and inviting you to participate in determining the right, coordinated approach. 


The world is changing and Cyprus understands how essential it is to embrace and adapt to that change. We remain committed to transparency, openness and a willingness to listen. We know that this is the best way to move forward, remaining agile and best able to realise the opportunities that change offers. 

When will this happen?

Our dialogue will take place during April and May, and the consolidated feedback will be evaluated in June. This will inform the drafting of the vision and strategy, which will then be communicated from the “Maritime Cyprus 2021” Conference in October.

There will be three phases;


Environmental sustainablilty

7 April – 22 April


Digital transformation

23 April – 6 May


Global persisting challenges (a) Social issues - seafarers’ living and working conditions, crew changes and seafarers’ vaccination (b) Piracy and armed robbery against ships

7 May – 20 May

Consultation campaign on issues pertaining to maritime transport activities of high local and regional interest will also be launched in a variety of forms (e.g. brainstorming sessions, online questionnaire, social dialogues, webinars or seminars etc).

How can I get involved?

Τo be part of leading positive change, and to contribute to Cyprus’ strategic vision for shipping, please visit the website and submit your feedback by responding to the relevant questions.

Your opinion counts. Let’s work together to make a difference for Cyprus, for shipping, and for our world.

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