Media reports from Turkey suggest that a new marina is planned for the northern part of Cyprus. The new facility is set to be constructed at Famagusta.

Support for the potential new development came from the Minister of Tourism & Environment for Northern Cyprus, Fikri Ataoglu. He was quoted by a local media report, saying: “The new marina will be positive for the state.”

He added that there was a significant rise in the number of yachts in the Mediterranean and that new investment areas in France, Spain and Italy, which currently hold 75% of the marina capacity in the region, was limited.

Ataoglu suggested: “With the rise in pollution, overcrowding and prices in the Western Mediterranean, this made the north of Cyprus and other regional countries attractive. The creation of new, well-built marinas on a build-operate-transfer model was imperative and very important.”

The project is apparently being designed as a social-cultural complex, with particular importance given to the needs of the people of Famagusta and the north in general. As well as berthing facilities, a customs office, car park and retail outlets such as cafes and restaurants would be included as part of the project.

The northern part of Cyprus currently has two marinas – one in Kyrenia and the other being the Karpaz Gate facility on the Karpas peninsula.