Our fourth day also began at 8am with yet another bus ride down to Limassol, to visit the Limassol port. There, we started off the day with a lecture at Dubai Ports (DP) World. DP World mainly handles the passenger traffic coming through the port, although they also have some cargo capabilities. The company acts as an equivalent to an airport, but for ships. Then, a representative from the company P&O, which operates the tug boats and such for the whole port, described their role within the port. We then went to visit Eurogate, another company on the same port, but it only handles container cargo. After a short lecture, we went outside to tour their facilities and observe their machinery in action, which was pretty cool. All of these companies together play an important role in upholding the efficiency of the supply chain in Cyprus.
After the company visits at the port, we had lunch in the Old Port neighborhood of Limassol. The restaurant we ate at was located on the pier and served American-style food like burgers, fries, mozzarella sticks, and more. It was interesting to see a Cypriot version of American food.
After lunch, we went to the Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a meeting with the Cyprus Port Authority (CPA) President and General Manager, the Limassol Port Director, and the Cyprus Shipping Agents Association (CPA) General Manager. Each person gave a short presentation on their respective organizations’ roles in Cyprus and the global supply chain. One main takeaway I had from the meeting was that supply chains need to be adaptive, because events like the Russian invasion of Ukraine disrupted the primary source of oil for the EU and forced EU countries to diversify their sources of energy production. Overall, it was a very informative and tiring day filled with company visits.