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13 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 06:34 GMT+2



June 9, 2020

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Assarmatori, ok to Costa Cruises on domestic routes, but if there are aids have to go to those who exercise cabotage as a service essential public

This was underlined by Stefano Messina during a hearing in the senate

Costa Cruises can certainly operate on shipping routes national authorities, but if the state wants to help transportation companies affected by the effects on their business Covid-19 pandemic must limit its support to those companies essential public services. This, in short, Assarmatori's opinion on the proposal put forward last year 26 May by the general manager of Costa Cruises, Neil Palomba, at an informal hearing at the Commission Industry, commerce, tourism of the Senate, which suggested to amend the relaunch decree-law to temporarily allow companies -- such as Costa Cruises -- that have ships registered to the Italian International Register of Operating under cabotage regime, making stops only in Italian ports.

Reiterating today during the hearing, which he attended Italian Confederation of Armatori (Confitarma), its proposal expressed in recent days ( 1st 2020), and remembering that registration on the International Register gives access to tax and contribution benefits, the president of Assarmatori, Stefano Messina, explained that "if Costa wants manage cruises on domestic routes, can do so quietly on the basis of the current rules', but - he specified "if there is aid (and the recovery of non-tax help), must be given for fairness and for justice to those who exercise cabotage as a public service essential, as a link between the major islands or as a transport passengers and cargo with ro-ro ships."

"It is - Messina remarked - a matter of justice, and -- he specified -- there is no controversy with respect Confitarma's colleagues.' In addition, the President of Assarmatori noted that if the cruises are "now all some multinationals in the sector: among them - he remembered -- the largest is Carnival which has acquired For many years, Costa Cruises has also been using the Italian flag (and it is - pointed out Messina - very important to do so),' he added, "the cabotage is an irreplaceable infrastructure, they are not foreign operators. They are - he pointed out - all companies Italian flag, with Italian workers. These need support. And without help - Messina concluded - the work of tens of thousands of Italian seafarers is at risk'.

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