The contract to build a new 1,000 berth marina in the Cypriot town of Paphos has been signed at last after some 30 years of legal and planning wrangles which have delayed the multi-million Euro project. The contact to build the marina, according to Cyprus Property News report, has been agreed with Pafilia by the ‘new’ Marina Management Committee.

The report, quoted the Greek language newspaper, Phileleftheros, pointed out that the committee had spent the past two months reviewing the issue before informing Pafilia of its decision. This large marina project, located in Potima bay near Kissonerga, is seen as a vital development for the future of Paphos. As well as berthing, it will also feature some 42,000m2 of upland space for residential and commercial development and an as yet unspecified capacity for superyachts.

The chequered history of this project saw it being awarded to the Pandora Group (Leptos) following a competitive bidding challenge with Aristo and Pafilia some 10 years ago. This resulted in Aristo, the runner up, objecting to the contract placement with allegations of mis-dealings in the bidding process. This resulted in an investigation and a subsequent award to another company but this too failed to make any progress.

After further challenges a new marina management committee was formed earlier this year and it is this body that has approved the award of the construction contract to Pafilia.

This project is one of a number planned or underway which will significantly increase the marina capacity of Cyprus. They all follow in the wake of the successful Limassol marina project which has become a key facility in the eastern Mediterranean.

There is another project under construction at Ayia Napa which will be completed over the next year or so. This project will have 380 wet berths for superyachts up to 80m and a 220-berth dry stack.

Also planned is a new 300-berth marina for yachts up to 25m (82ft) at Paralimni Municipality in the Famagusta District, Cyprus. This marina will be a key part of a €110m mixed use waterfront development for which the UK consultancy, Marina Projects, has won a 125-year concession to develop and operate. There are also plans to redevelop the marina facilities at the port of Larnaca.