Cyprus has a unique geographical location by being at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Africa and Asia; hence the island has always been naturally facilitated in the field of shipping. Since Cyprus’ independence in 1960, various factors such as the establishment of the country as an international business and trade center, and its accession to the EU, transformed and developed the island into a maritime center, known for its high standards of safety and quality services.
Why choose Cyprus for your Maritime studies?
Cyprus offers you the opportunities in Maritime Industry, a demanding field of expertise, which provides great prospects and potentials in a unique career.
Did you know that Cyprus is the largest third-party shipmanagement center in Europe and the largest crew management center in the world?
Did you know that shipping in Cyprus contributes approximately €1 billion per annum to the economy – over 7% of GDP (including auxiliary services)
Did you know that the island’s international ship register is the third largest in Europe and the 10th largest in the world?
Did you know that Cyprus ranks at the top of various Port State Control Agreement ‘white lists’ – including the Paris and Tokyo MOUs?
Did you know that the Cyprus flag is considered one of the highest quality EU flags available today and is recognized worldwide?
Furthermore, did you know that Cyprus…
- Has a robust shipping sector.
- Has the First EU port after Suez Canal.
- Has been actively developing its shipping sector for decades.
- Is a seafaring nation since antiquity and located along important trade routes.
- Is directly employing 4,500 shore based personnel
- Accommodates 55,000 seafarers from around the world.
- Built an exceptional maritime infrastructure and a high level of expertise
- Has more than 130 shipowning, shipmanagement and shipping related companies that maintain fully-fledged offices and conduct their international operations and activities from Cyprus.
- It is estimated that approximately 4% of the world’s fleet and around 20% of global third-party shipmanagement activities are controlled from Cyprus.
- From the companies established in Cyprus, around 87% are controlled by EU interests, including Cypriot.
- Is a strong global contender, signatory to numerous international maritime conventions and with bilateral cooperation agreements with 23 countries, including major labour-supplying countries.
- Has an active participation in various shipping related fora, such as The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Commission and ensures that the resident industry’s voice is heard internationally.
- The government has continued commitment to the sector and nurtures strong ties with industry associations, such as the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and Cyprus Union of Shipowners, and is determined to upgrade promotion of the shipping sector.
- ‘Maritime Cyprus’, launched in 1989 and globally acknowledged as one of the world’s most significant shipping conferences
- Cyprus has all the key advantages to attract more quality tonnage and increasing numbers of first-rate shipping companies from around the world in the years to come.
- Multicultural and Multinational community offering opportunities for friendship and learning new languages.
- Fostering and encouraging personal development in Cyprus’ first ever Cyprus Maritime Academy!
And lastly, did you know that shipping continues to be one of the highest paid industries in the country? The first salary onboard is approximately €2.500 per month, with opportunities for further development within the first 3 years onboard. Career prospects in the island also vary off-board.