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Port Of Marghera, Venice, Prepares Temporary Cruise Ship Facility

Port of Marghera, Venice, prepares temporary cruise ship facility

Source: PortSEurope
Venice, Italy (PortSEurope) August 29, 2021 –  The Port of Marghera, located next to the suburb of Mestre on the mainland shore west of Venice, is to develop the facilities necessary to receive cruise ships over 25,000 tonnes, which are now banned from entering the Venice lagoon. Last month, 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. The decision was based on the damage created by such large vessels on Venice itself. Marghera ia actually located within the Venetian Lagoon, so ecological damage is still likely. The minster described it as “an indispensable step to protect the environmental, landscape, artistic and cultural integrity of Venice, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO”. The decision was quickly made after Unesco threatened to put Venice on its endangered list unless Italy permanently banned cruise ships from docking in the world heritage site. The port of Marghera is already the commercial centre for shipbuilding in Venice. The plan is to invest approximately €157 million ($185.4 million) to set up at least four temporary landings within the Marghera area, a task which could take up to six months. According to Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), Fulvio Lino Di Blasio, one development will be VECON container terminal, which would be expanded. The container terminal is operated by Vecon S.p.A, which is part of Singapore-based PSA International. The second is Terminal Intermodale Venezia (TIV), a privately-owned container terminal which is jointly owned by Mariner, a Maltese-based company involved in port activities, and Marinvest. TIV handles containerised cargo. These facilities should be ready for the 2022 cruise season. An international call for bids for the construction of a future terminal equipped to take ships weighing more than 40,000 tonnes was published at the end of June. The plan is to build a modern new port located outside the protected waters of the lagoon to handle large cruise ships. Until the ban, cruise ships were handled by Venice Passenger Terminal SpA (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri S.P.A), which will be compensated for lost business. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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