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:
The Republic of Cyprus following the decision of the Council of Ministers of 22nd October 2014, has nominated Mr. Andreas I. Chrysostomou, Acting Director of the Department of Merchant Shipping, for the position of the Secreatary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Read full article