The Deputy Ministry of Shipping has announced that the email addresses of its personnel and departments have been changed following its conversion from a department of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works to a deputy ministry. The part of an email address which precedes the @ symbol is the same as before, but the part that follows the @ symbol has changed from 'dms.mcw.gov.cy' to 'dms.gov.cy'. For example, the email address 'maritimeadmin@dms.mcw.gov.cy' is now 'maritimeadmin@dms.gov.cy'.

To ensure a smooth transition, the existing email addresses of ministry personnel will remain valid until June 30 2018 and departmental email addresses will remain valid until April 30 2019.

The email address for ship-to-shore security alerts initiated by a ship security alert system under Regulation XI/6.2.1. of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974, as amended, has been changed to 'ssas@dms.gov.cy' and the ship security alert systems of all existing and new Cyprus flag ships must be programmed with the correct email address no later than April 30 2019. This must be verified by a recognised organisation or recognised security organisation at the vessel's next inspection.

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