Restrictions imposed by the Republic of Cyprus on vessels calling illegally at ports in the occupied areas of Cyprus.
The relevant restrictions have been imposed by an Order of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus which declares the ports of Famagusta, Karavostasi and Kyrenia as closed for all vessels.
Important to know and understand: The skipper or owner of a vessel which arrives and departs from a closed ports or enters or stays therein:
shall be guilty of an offence and be liable to imprisonment not exceeding two years or to a fine not exceeding seventeen thousand eighty six euro (€ 17.086 ) or to both such imprisonment and fine, and in the case of a ship registered in the Register of Cyprus Ships, the Court dealing with the case has the power to order her deletion from the Register of Cyprus Ships”.
The above restrictions were taken in order to uphold and maintain the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over its ports and harbors and due to the fact that safety of navigation could no longer be guaranteed in the areas illegally occupied by the Turkish Army since 1974.