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Lavar Shipping, the Limassol-based shipping company established in 1965 by entrepreneur Pantelis Tsanos, is celebrating its golden 50-year anniversary of leadership in the industry in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

The flagship company of the RPT Group, Lavar Shipping is one of the very first shipping companies established in Cyprus and has played a leading role in the evolution of the industry and the establishment of Cyprus as a shipping hub. It is currently one of the top three shipping agencies in Cyprus, with an employee base of 30 Cypriot professionals.

“The Cypriot shipping industry that my father boldly stepped into in 1965 is a world away from the environment in which we operate today”, said CEO Reginos Tsanos. “Then in its infancy, he had the foresight to identify the opportunities that our island had to offer, but at the same time had to overcome a number of difficulties and challenges.”

Today, Lavar Shipping is a multi-faceted organisation, offering traditional and specialised maritime services to the local and international industry, with its experienced Agency Team providing services including Port Agency, Forwarding, Husbandry, and Technical Support. Lavar Shipping also plays an important role in ship-to-ship operations performed off Limassol Port limits and at designated points of anchorage.

“50 years on, with an established presence in the industry, I am extremely proud to be have succeeded my father as the head of such a diverse company that has evolved in line with changing economic circumstances and industrial trends”, added Tsanos. “As our country slowly but steadily exits the economic quagmire which enveloped it in 2013, the shipping industry – and companies like ours – can be at the forefront of this recovery, building on our strengths and professionalism, while at the same time continuing to diversify our products and services. Staying true to our founding principles, Lavar Shipping will continue to broaden its –and Cyprus’ – horizons in the years to come.”

The company is planning a series of activities in the coming months to mark the anniversary. Having continued its sporting success at the Limassol Marathon and Ayia Napa and Paphos Triathlons earlier in the year, Lavar Shipping hosted a workshop for representatives of the media with hands-on exposure to its activities. A number of events are also due to take place, including a showpiece Gala Dinner, with the participation of local and overseas clients and associates, as well as business leaders from Cyprus.

“While this is a year of celebration for us, it is also an opportunity for us to give back”, said COO Christina Tsanos. “Our 50 years would not have been nearly as successful without the outstanding collaboration enjoyed with clients and associates, the tireless efforts of our people, and the contribution of the communities within which we work. Our upcoming events will recognise all those people that have helped Lavar Shipping become the company that it is today.”