Unplanned Beach Day!!

Today was another day at the beach, but it was unplanned this time because our company visit with ExxonMobile was cancelled. After testing negative for COVID this morning, we went to the beach in Larnaca. The water was beautiful and clear again, but slightly warmer than the water at the beaches in Paphos and Famagusta…

Final Company Visit and More History!

We spent our last day of company visits with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which is a network of firms ranging from auditors and accountants to business consultants. The first presenter focused on supply chain transparency. He emphasized the importance of an information flow between all parts of the supply chain: the supplier, the manufacturer, the distributer, and…

A Ghost Town and Another Beach

On Tuesday, we spent the day in Famagusta. Famagusta was invaded by Turkey in 1974 and is still under Turkish control. Because of this, it is not recognized as its own country by the rest of the world. In order to enter the territory, we needed to show our passports. The first thing we did…

A Bit of Bitcoin

We spent Monday at UNIC attending meetings and listening to lectures. Our first meeting was with Fleet Management Limited (FML). They are a ship management company that manages over 35 ships in Cyprus and over 600 worldwide. FML does not own these ships; they provide crew, maintenance, and help with operation. They have put effort…

A Day on the Beach

On Sunday, we were given free time to spend on the beach in Paphos. After eating breakfast at the hotel, my friends and I went to the beach around 10am. We sat under the sun for a while, and then got in the water. The sea was very cold, but we still swam out to…

An Historical Day in Paphos

We spent Saturday visiting several landmarks around Paphos. First, we went to the Kourion archaeological site, where we saw the ancient amphitheater and the bathhouse. The amphitheater was built on the side of the hill overlooking the sea. It went under several renovations while in use; for example, it was once modified to function as…

Cement, Oil, and Larnaca!

This morning we got the opportunity to talk to two different companies: Vassiliko Cement and VTT Vassiliko (VTTV). Vassiliko Cement, as is obvious by their name, makes cement. They run the entire process from quarrying to delivery. After getting the limestone from the quarry a few kilometres away, they bring it back to their facility…

Cargo and Cranes

Today we visited the Limassol New Port and the three companies that operate there. Dubai Ports (DP) World has a general cargo terminal and a passenger terminal, P&O runs maritime services for the port, and Eurogate has a containers terminal. First, we saw the DP World passenger terminal. This is where passengers on cruise ships…

Training and Exploring

For our only company visit on Wednesday, we were given a tour through the Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) Maritime Training Center. The center trains students for four years in order to prepare them for working on a ship. The students are given typical classroom lectures, but they mostly work with a variety of simulators to…

Visiting Medochemie in Limassol and Speaking to Wargaming at UNIC

Our first company visit was with Medochemie in Limassol. Medochemie is a pharmaceutical company that develops and manufactures generic drug products. Most of their factories are located in Cyprus, but they also have some in the Netherlands and Vietnam. They have 1500 employees, and their revenue is 300 million euros. Quality assurance is an important…

Around the Old City

On our first full day in Cyprus, we started with a tour of the New City of Nicosia. I found this tour to be very helpful in giving me a general idea of where to get food and shop while we are here. It was very interesting to see the contrast between the geometric architecture…

Rebekah Burns and Cyprus!

Hello! My name is Rebekah Burns, and I am from Monroeville, PA, which is about 25 minutes outside of Pittsburgh. I am currently a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at Pitt. I am also planning on minoring in Bioengineering. In the future, I am hoping to get a job…