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17 May 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 12:45 GMT+2

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Inauguration of the new cruise terminal of the port of Palermo

Project realized with an investment of 40 million euros

Today in the port of Palermo was inaugurated the new Cruise terminal Palermo Cruise Terminal which was made on the Vittorio Veneto pier on the skeleton of the ancient maritime station built in 1950 on a project by the architect Salvatore Caronia Roberti. The renovated building is the result of a complete refunctionalization that has maintained substantially unchanged the external appearance but it is radically intervened on the reconfiguration of interior spaces which have been totally demolished and rebuilt. The cost total of the structure and the supporting works is 40 millions of euros.

At the inauguration ceremony were present, in addition to the President of the Port System Authority of the Sea of Western Sicily, Pasqualino Monti, the President of the Region Sicilian, Nello Musumeci, the mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, the president of Assoporti, Rodolfo Giampieri, as well as Giovanni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, Mario Zanetti, general manager of Costa Cruises, and Francesca Isgrò, president of West Sicily Gate, the joint venture between MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises that will manage cruise traffic in Palermo and in the other landings administered by the AdSP of Sicily Western ( of 30 July 2021).

"We are committed - said the president of the Monti port authority on the occasion of the inauguration - for to give back to the port a new soul, linked to the ancient heart of the city, its history, its culture. It's reason of pride for me to return to the city its cruise terminal, essential to grasp the many stresses that come from the outside and to respond in a new way to the current market needs. The intervention served to increase the development and use of the structure that plays a role strategic for mobility, tourism, the economy of urban and Sicilian reality. More: it represents the first interface between the city of Palermo and tourism cruise ship'

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