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17 May 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 02:56 GMT+2

April 27, 2022

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Saints (Federagenti): positive prospects of the cruises, but the iconic Venice is excluded from the market

From the Seatrade Cruise in Miami - he announced - the confirmation the exclusion of the lagoon port of call from the routes of ships from cruise

Federagenti fears that the port of Venice will not be able to do then a lot to save the next cruise season, sector already on their knees after the shutdown imposed in most of the world's ports to this activity from the Covid-19 pandemic. Not even making use of the temporary landings in Porto Marghera for ships from cruise of over 25 thousand tons, in view of the possibility to create a definitive landing place for these ships outside the waters of the Venice Lagoon, with the Administrative Court Regional for Veneto which, with a sentence published yesterday, has accepted the appeal of Duferco Italia Holding that with its Venis Cruise 2.0 project had been excluded from the call for tenders for the competition of ideas to identify the definitive solution for the arrival of cruise ships in Venice

In fact, according to the president of the federation of agents Italian seafarers, Alessandro Santi, if the indications that are leaking from the Seatrade Cruise underway in Miami, the main fair cruises of the world, are generally positive, however provide confirmation of an ongoing exclusion of Venice from the itineraries of the main cruise lines that will have certainly consequences on the system of the whole Adriatic in the coming years.

"With Venice - denounced Santi - the home port disappears iconic and most important of the Mediterranean: how it was announced the transitional phase indicated by Decree-Law 103 that provided for actions in favor of the protection of Venice and work it has not produced anything concrete. Neither went to good end: the city is assailed by bite tourism and escape and the quality and added value of cruise passengers organized and high-spending was quickly replaced, with huge multiplicative factors, from daily visitors, "goodbye to hen and celibacy" and alcoholic raids. With the consequence evident of hundreds of workers who have been waiting for months for support and companies legitimately on the run'.

"It does not matter - said the president of Federagenti - who is responsible for the delay but, if in August of the past year a law is made with this name and after eight months nothing has moved, something is obviously wrong. The programming on Venice today you can do it from month to month and ships with their passengers can not wait for bureaucracy Italian'.

Santi denounced that similar fate, or a nothing of fact, suffered the bill that through a competition of ideas, should have provided certainty about the future of the cruise port and container of Venice. The process - he accused - has abruptly stalled, wasting time and money, and confirms the many doubts that had been raised about the mode of the proceedings, which had culpably neglected years of study and of advanced technical comparisons, and unfortunately sanctions a further loss of credibility of the Country System.

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