Italy

EU approves Italian tax measures for maritime

The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules the prolongation until end 2023 of various Italian support measures for maritime transport under Italy’s “International Registry” scheme. The scheme encourages shipping companies to register their ships in Europe and so ensure higher social, environmental and safety standards.

Italian ports resume operations, despite COVID-19

The Italian Ports Authority sent a letter to BIMCO stating that they are fully operational and ensure that the cargo and crew members are safe. It is highlighted that ports and their regular services are fully functioning. Moreover, they inform that all restricted measures are implemented specifically to the cruise sector.

Watch: Venice’s canals become clearer due to COVID-19 lockdown

Following the COVID-19 and the major disruption that has brought, the quarantine measures unexpectedly made Venice canals look clearer and cleaner. With no boats and the reduced traffic due to the country’s lockdown, small fish swimming around in the water canals are visible.

Fincantieri ceases operations due to COVID-19

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Italian-based company, Fincantieri announced that suspends its operations for at least 14 days, to avoid the spread of the disease in its shipyards.

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