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.
Pino Musolino, Chairman and CEO of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority asked with a letter to Presidents and CEOs of all the cruise companies calling the port of Venice to fundraise in support of Venice and its lagoon which were devastated by the exceptional high tide on Tuesday, November 12.
The President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Pino Musolino, recently sent a letter to key European ports inviting them to meet in Venice to discuss the economic and environmental impact of the cruise industry and to draw up guidelines for a new sustainable approach to maritime tourism.
The cruise ship ‘Costa Deliziosa’ hardly avoided collision with the dock while transiting a canal in Venice during inclement weather on Sunday. The incident comes only a month after a similar incident involving a cruise ship in Venice, surging concerns about the safety of large cruise ships in Venice’s canals.
The CEO of the Port Authority of Piraeus, Captain Fu Chengqiu and the President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Pino Musolino, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 11, to enhance relations and cargo flows between the two ports. The memorandum also aims to improve the exchange of best practices and know-how in port management.
The Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority in collaboration with the towing company Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido conducted a study regarding the design of an innovative LNG barge, for the distribution of LNG to ship, starting from the Venice LNG terminal.
An Italian governmental committee decided on Tuesday to ban the largest cruise ships from Venice’s Giudecca Canal, in response to a long-year criticism by environmentalists and local residents. The criticizers have been voicing concerns about damage to the shallow lagoon and to the canals.
The 4th GreenPort Cruise Conference and 11th GreenPort Congress will be hosted by Venice Port Authority from 11-14 October 2016 at Venice, Italy, and will welcome guests from Africa, Asia, North and South America and from across Europe.
In terms of the environment, the Port of Venice is in the right place at the right time to exploit its geographical advantage saving five sailing days on a typical trip from Shanghai to Munich, saving 135 kg/teu of Co2. In addition, the Venice Port Authority is considered as a natural choice to host this year’s GreenPort Cruise and Congress.
Renewable energy propulsion specialist, REAPsystems is pioneering a clean, green ‘drop-in’ Hybrid technology in Venice ‘water taxis’ this summer. Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage city, has approximately 20,000 leisure craft and 550 taxi boats serving some 32m visitors every year. All are currently diesel-powered meaning Venice suffers from high levels of air and noise pollution which affects the water, architecture and health of both residents and tourists alike.
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