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21 January 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 17:47 GMT+1



December 17, 2018

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Extended until the 2044 concession to Costa Crociere of the areas and the services cruises of the port of Savona

Shortly the start of work to the financed Palacrociere terminal with 19,35 million euros from the AdSP and 4,5 million from the company

The Authority of Harbour System of the Ligurian Sea western has extended until the 2044 concession to Costa Crociere of the areas and the services cruises of the port of Savona, activity that is centralized on the Palacrociere, the terminal cruises inaugurated at the end of 2003 and whose realization is co-financed by the crocieristica company.

"Savona - the general manager of the company has remembered, Neil Palomba - is the main home port of Costa Crociere, where we generate a traffic anniversary of beyond 800.000 passengers. This new agreement represents an ulterior success in our profitable collaboration with the Authority of Harbour System, and places bases still more solid and long-lasting for the investments that we have already deliberated for the adaptation of the Palacrociere in sight of the arrival to end 2019 of our new Costa Smeralda flagship".

On November 3, 2019 the ceremony of baptism of the new Costa Smeralda flagship will be celebrated in fact own to Savona, of 180.000 tons of tonnage, currently under construction in the yard Meyer di Turku, in Finland. From on November 9, 2019 until the spring of the 2021 cruise ship it will be to Savona every saturday for a route of a week that will touch also Marseilles, Barcelona, Palm of Majorca, Civitavecchia/Rome and La Spezia. Costa Smeralda will be the first ship of the fleet of the fed company to which liquified natural gas is in port that offshore.

In forecast of the arrival of Costa Smeralda, shortly important participations in the port will be started cruises of Savona, for an investment total of about 24 million euros. The Authority of Harbour System of the Ligurian Sea Western provvederà to the work of deepening of the before backdrop the main dock of the crocieristico terminal, in order to increase the being pulled hydraulic engineer from the current quota -9 meters to the -11 quota meters, against participation of consolidation of the structure. The total amount of the participation is estimated in 19,35 million euros. Costa Crociere will invest a total of 4,5 million euros for the purchase of two new fingers and the adaptation of the structure of the Palacrociere, with a reorganization of the spaces and the flows. The work - it has specified Costa Crociere - will not compromise however the operativity of the port, where in the 2019 155 ports of call of ships of the company are previewed.

"The attention to the field of the cruises by the Authority of System - it has emphasized the president of the AdSP, Paolo Emilio Signorini - is very high and in fact is confirmed the relative investments to harbour infrastructures to service of the crocieristico traffic. Draft of important engagements to which Costa Crociere (beyond 20 million has answered with equally considerable investments in order to adapt to the structures of acceptance of its home port the shipowning company total). Savona and Genoa are in top 10 of the Italian ports with a positive trend for the year in course and with forecasts for 2019 of the Istituto Nazionale Ricerche Turistiche and the Regional Tourist Observatory who strengthen this tendency carrying quite the Liguria to being the first Italian region for number of received crocieristici. It is an arrived important confirmation in the end of a not easy season after collapse of the Morandi Bridge last August".

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