Shipping Deputy Ministry

Shipping Deputy Ministry

The Shipping Deputy Ministry was created on 1st March 2018 as an autonomous Deputy Ministry, dedicated entirely to the Cyprus Maritime Industry. The Department of Merchant Shipping which was functioning as a distinct entity in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works since 1977 has been integrated into the Shipping Deputy Ministry. Previously, maritime services were being provided through a function operating under the Department of Ports.

Cyprus is firmly established as a world class international maritime centre, combining both a sovereign flag and a resident shipping industry, which is renowned for its high quality services and standards of safety.

Cyprus fleet ranks among the top leading fleets worldwide and third in the European Union. At the same time, Cyprus has an integrated maritime cluster with more than 150 shipping companies.

The Shipping Deputy Ministry is responsible for the development of maritime activities which include:

  • Registration of ships,
  • Administration and enforcement of the Merchant Shipping Laws,
  • Control of ships and enforcement of international conventions ratified by the Government of Cyprus,
  • Protection of the marine environment,
  • Vessel traffic monitoring in the sea around Cyprus and information system implementation,
  • Monitoring the conditions of living and work on board Cyprus Ships,
  • Registration, training and certification of seafarers,
  • Control of Coastal passenger vessels and small craft,
  • Continuous updating of the merchant shipping legislation and its harmonization with that of the European Union,
  • Coordination of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy,
  • Administration of the State Aid Scheme for Maritime Transport and the Tonnage Tax System,
  • Promotion of Cyprus as an International Registry and a base for international maritime operations

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Natasa Pilides

Natasa Pilides

Deputy Minister

Natasa Pilides is the Director General of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency since April 2016, responsible for the design and implementation of the Organisation’s strategy in close collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Cyprus government.

Natasa graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honours degree with distinction in Modern Languages and Literature (French and Italian). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Natasa's work experience includes more than fifteen years mainly in managerial positions. She served as a Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer at Baker Tilly in South East Europe, heading the departments of Finance, Marketing, HR, Administration, Operations and IT for Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. For 9 years she worked at PwC, in Cyprus, Milan and London in the areas of audit and tax consulting, providing services to multinational companies active in the fields of banking and finance, insurance, energy, construction, shipping and FMCG.

Natasa also has wide experience in professional training and delivering courses for ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA exams in the areas of audit, tax, corporate law, ethics, financial accounting and reporting. Natasa has more than 2 years of experience in training at BPP London, one of the leading professional studies organisations in London and internationally.

Apart from her native language, Natasa is also fluent in English, French and Italian.

She has represented and promoted Cyprus as an investment destination abroad throughout her career, and has published various articles in international professional publications.

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Contact Information

Limassol (head office)

Kyllinis street, Mesa Geitonia 4007 Limassol

Tel: (+357) 25 848 100
Email: maritimeadmin@dms.mcw.gov.cy
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