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Port Security ISPS

With the accession of Cyprus to the European Union matters relating to the unimpeded movement of passengers as per EU requirements have attained more significance for the Cypriot ports which represent the ‘gateway’ to the European Union at its south eastern boundary, in an especially sensitive area.

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Safety and Health

With the aim ‘every new year, fewer accidents at port areas’ the Authority, an especially sensitive organisation as regards matters of safety and health, always takes care to adhere to the relevant legislation so that labour related accidents occurring at ports are limited to the minimum possible.


With this in mind, a few years ago it went ahead and created the post of Health and Safety Officer, the holder of which has his/her seat at a port and deals exclusively with matters of his/her competence.

On the basis of the relevant legislation, a company was appointed to carry out a study on Risk Appraisal at the ports of Lemesos and Larnaka and at the Headquarters of the Authority in Nicosia which is at its final stage. Yet another study has been commissioned which concerns the application of a programme for environmental management (Ecoports Foundation).

The measures taken for the reduction of accidents include ‘readiness and action plans’ prepared in cooperation with all other responsible bodies covering the eventuality of warfare/earthquake/spillage of dangerous chemicals and fire, as well as the exercises on paper carried out from time to time in order to combat such undesirable, high risk situations.

As regards matters of fire security, the Authority has carried out a fire risk assessment and has taken the necessary measures at the port warehouses as well as at the passenger terminals at Lemesos and Larnaka.

At Lemesos port there is a resident hospital Unit which is manned by two nurses, employees of the Authority. The Unit has an ambulance at its disposal.

In addition, the Authority studies diligently and with all due care all work related accidents at the port areas for the purpose of finding their causes and of taking appropriate corrective steps for preventing, in the future, the occurrence of similar undesirable events.

Unfortunately however, despite the fact that the Authority is vigilant and all the appropriate measures for averting and avoiding accidents are taken, this has not been achieved. The number of accidents occurring every year at the ports – with Lemesos port as the port with the largest movement of people, ships and containers to be first – is around 30. This number covers accidents resulting either in material damage only or injuring of people or accidents which entail neither damage nor injury of people.

It is notable to report here that in these accidents all port users who take part in the work process such as port labourers, porters etc are included.

Most of the accidents are attributable to human error, a term which covers a wide range of causes, such as ignorance, absent mindness, bad habits, bad risk assessment, or even familiarity with danger, non conformity with directives and safety regulations at workplaces etc. Another factor for the ineffective averting and avoiding of accidents is the non observance by pedestrians and vehicles of the traffic regulations for safe movement in the port areas, despite the continuous endeavours of the Authority.

In matters of safety which may involve human lives, the Authority is not complacent but remains continuously vigilant. Therefore, often enough organises educational seminars for its personnel in the subject of Safety and Health so that the causes of accidents may be reduced to the minimum possible.

The cooperation of the Authority with other Government Departments such as the Inspection Dept. of Ministry of Labour, the Fire Brigade etc is more than harmonious and is aimed at achieving this target.

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Dangerous Cargoes

Another chapter which preoccupies the Authority intensely in connection with safety in port areas, concerns dangerous cargoes which either in the form of goods or in the form of raw materials are transported through our ports. For information purposes it is reported that different cargoes in excess of 120.000 which arrive at our ports are classified as dangerous on the basis of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG).

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Environment

With the same increased sensitivity and with intense sense of responsibility in the face of an already internationally burdened environment, the Authority deals with the various environmental issues within port areas.

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