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Port Of Chioggia Considered As Cruise Ship Destination

Port of Chioggia considered as cruise ship destination

Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) September 30, 2021 – The Port of Chioggia has become a factor in the discussion of the future of cruise ship tourism in Venice. Chioggia is located at the southern end of the Venice Lagoon (Laguna Veneta). Fishing is historically the livelihood of the port, but the port, besides being the seat of one of the main fishing port of Italy (ranking
second after Marzara del Vallo), with a lively wholesale market, has achieved a certain level of productivity and competitiveness also in break bulk, project cargoes and in the passenger traffic with small-sized cruise ships. Both Chioggia and Venice are both part of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority). Last July, Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, said that from 1 August 2021 large ships, weighing more than 25,000 tonnes, will no longer be able to reach Venice through the San Marco Basin, the San Marco Canal and the Giudecca Canal. Regarding cruise ship companies, they will have to remove Venice from their itineraries until the industrial port of Marghera is redeveloped for passenger use. Nevertheless, all options need to be considered in the short- and medium-term.  The future of lagoon cruise tourism may also pass through Chioggia. More than a choice, for now it is a hypothesis on which the president-commissioner of the Port System Authority of the Northern Adriatic Sea Fulvio Lino Di Blasio is working. At present there is still no certainty, but in the head of the head of the Venetian port there is the idea of ​​a strategic future capable of giving dignity to the reality of Chioggia, which could thus partially recover what was lost in Venice. Local press reports indicate that the AdSP will look at the Chioggia port infrastructure. As large ships are already banned, they are not under consideration. AdSP president-commissioner Fulvio Lino Di Blasio was quoted as saying that the result of the investigation should be ready by mid-December. Di Blasio added that in Chioggia the suitability of the infrastructures that exist to accommodate cruise ships, river cruises and in general would be looked at to enhance it as a destination for tourism and freight traffic. The aim would be for the port to develop its own tourism business. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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