Italy

EU to investigate Italian ports on tax exemption

The European Commission launched a thorough investigation in Italian ports to determine whether tax exemptions granted under Italian law to ports are in compliance with the EU State Aid rules; In the meantime, the Commission applauds Spain’s commitment in tackling tax exemption, in favour of Spanish ports, from 2020.

Savona’s cruise terminal reopens after renovation

Costa Cruises and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority have now reopened the Calata delle Vele cruise ship quay and Palocrociere Terminal One in the Port of Savona, Italy, after an extensive renovation process. The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority invested €17 million to conduct modifications to the quay.

Greece could become a bunkering hub in the east Med.

The 2019 Global Gas Report focuses on today’s gas trends, on the key factors that explain the recent developments and what will be the future outcomes in the global gas sector; Thus, the report analyzes the advantages of natural gas in Europe and highlights how European countries take advantage of it to achieve their sustainability goals.

Libyan-flagged vessels fire shots to stop NGO rescue vessel

As the German NGO “Sea-Eye” reports they were shot in warning by Libyan-flagged speedboats to stop the volunteer rescue staff during a SAR operation, when they tried to save migrants off Libyan territorial seas. Both speedboats were flying under the Libyan flag, and one of them had a mounted machine gun towards the bow.

Iran, Italy explore Chabahar-Venice shipping route

According to the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO), Iran and Italy are under discussions for launching a key shipping route that could help increase trade between the port of Chabahar, in southeastern Iran, and Venice, in northern Italy.

Port Cagliari launches tender for new terminal operator

The port authority of Cagliari will launch a new public tender looking for a new operator to manage the local container terminal, which has been operated by Contship Italia’s Cagliari International Container Terminal for the last 22 years.

New Italian government allows migrant rescue ship into port

Italy’s new government allowed the French charity ship ‘Ocean Viking’ to bring ashore 82 migrants to the southern island of Lampedusa on Saturday, opposing to the practices of the previous far-right government, which had closed ports to migrants.

Crewmember falls from Vision of the Seas cruise ship, found dead

According to local news, a crewmember from the cruise ship ‘Vision of the Seas’ fell from the vessel into the water, losing his life, at the port of Livorno Italy. After the search and rescue operation, the divers found the body of the crew member.

Yilport Holding inks 49-year concession deal for Port of Taranto

Yilport Holding signed a concession agreement with Port Network Authority of the Ionian Sea (PNAIS), the managing institution of the Port of Taranto in southeastern Italy, to undertake all operations at the multipurpose terminal of Port for 49 years.

Italy allows migrants to disembark after EU agreement

Italy gave permission to 116 rescued migrants to disembark from a coastguard ship, on 31 of July, as Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s took a step back, after five EU countries and the Church agreed to share the responsibility of looking after the migrants.

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