Genoa, Italy (PortSEurope) May 14, 2019 – Genoa port needs to increase its draft in order to support the constant increase in cruise passenger traffic, Edoardo Monzani, the managing director of Stazioni Marittime SpA, the company that manages the ferry and cruise terminals of the port, said.
“Here it is thought that the cruise traffic is infinite, instead it risks getting stranded due to lack of equipment. It is as if we had an airport with a runway of only a thousand meters, in which only small planes can land,” Monzani said at the Blue Economy Summit in Genoa.
Genoa port’s draft is 8.50 metres, while cruise ports need a draft of at least 10 metres, Monzani said. “We are in a critical situation, we are working to design new bollards because the current ones pull 100 tonnes, we hope that they will be put within the year, otherwise, as it already happens, some MSC commanders refuse to dock in the west Doria bridge in dangerous weather conditions because the bollards are not considered safe.”
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