Venice shifts big ships

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THE Ital­ian Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to block large cruise ships from dock­ing near St Mark’s Square in Venice, fol­low­ing lon­grun­ning con­cerns from res­i­dents and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists.

The de­ci­sion was made by a com­mit­tee and de­ter­mined ves­sels over 100,000 tonnes must in­stead dock at the in­dus­trial port of Marghera, with the new route set to open within four years.

“Af­ter so many months of study and very se­ri­ous work we found a real so­lu­tion,” said Italy’s Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Graziano Del­rio.

“The big ships will ar­rive in Marghera, they will stop at Marghera’s North­ern Chan­nel,” he ex­plained, adding that there was no in­ter­fer­ence with com­mer­cial traf­fic, so the two could co­ex­ist.

Ac­cord­ing to The Guardian, Mayor of Venice Luigi Brug­naro hailed the plans as the so­lu­tion to the re­quire­ments of res­i­dents, tourism busi­nesses and groups con­cerned about dam­age to the shal­low la­goons and canals.

“This takes into ac­count all the jobs cre­ated by the cruise in­dus­try, which we ab­so­lutely couldn’t af­ford to lose, and we can start to work se­ri­ously on plan­ning cruises,” Brug­naro said.

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