The specially-built 1,320-metre undersea pipeline falls 3.5 metres short of a land pipe which is to channel the water to a distribution centre, said the shipping company involved in the project. The connecting pipe from the ship is not long enough after experts apparently miscalculated the length.
A red-faced Agriculture Minister Michalis Polynikis told state radio of his "surprise" over the latest snag because up until Sunday lunchtime he was confident water would be offloaded. The drought-parched island is in desperate need of additional water supplies from
A Cypriot shipping firm is to ferry a total of eight million cubic metres (280 million cubic feet) of water from
Cyprus seen from space, NASA, Wikimedia Commons