Genoa, Italy (PortSEurope) July 24, 2020 – Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Occidentale (AdSP – Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority) has joined other businesses and organisations in Italy for the return of cruise ships to its ports. In 2019, the AdSP, which manages Genoa, Savona, Pra’ and Vado Ligure ports, hosted 435 cruise ships with over 2 million passengers. Savona and Genoa are
the home ports of Costa Crociere and MSC Cruises which generates significant income and employment for the region. Earlier this week, Pasqualino Monti, president of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sicilia Occidentale (AdSP – Western Sicilian Sea Port Authority), which includes Palermo, Termini Imerese, Trapani and Porto Empedocle, called for a planned restart of cruises, saying that too much has been invested in the industry in Sicily to allow the 2020 season to be “cancelled” and the inevitable delay to the 2010 season. He added that the long-term damage could be irrecoverable. Similar views have been expressed recently by the Venice port commjunity including Associazione agenti marittimi veneziani, Cooperativa Portabagagli del Porto di Venezia and various tourism agencies. At a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) roundtable discussion for the cruise media, President Adam Goldstein said meetings with European Union governmental bodies, including EU Healthy Gateways and EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) had led directly to the restart of cruising in Germany and Norway. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and TUI plan to restart cruising from the port of Hamburg in late July. AIDA, which is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc., will restart its voyages aboard three ships beginning August 5. All vessels across each of the three lines will depart from German ports. Goldstein added that “ships are leaving Germany, returning to Germany, not stopping anywhere in between, taking only German customers”. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has issued an extension of its No Sail Order that was due to expire July 24, extending it until September 30, 2020, for all cruises out of U.S. ports of call. Pasqualino Monti would like to a gradual recovery marked by the maintenance of the highest levels of security in land-based activities, the first important step towards reactivation of the cruise industry. The protocol developed by the companies in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport provides for the adoption of a series of measures that can guarantee the safety and health of passengers and seafarers at every operational stage of the cruise. The Mayor of Savona, Ilaria Caprioglio, commented on this; “Costa Cruises in Savona, in recent years, has been the engine of economic development, and social tourism of the city. The data collected in the Costa 2018 report estimate at €125 million would be the economic impact on the home port city, with almost 900,000 passengers more than 700 jobs and relationships with 30 suppliers are handled per year”.