Cruise ships are finally banned from Venice after decades of struggle
Cruise ships are PROHIBITED from Venice after decades of struggle by residents after anger over collision with tourist boat in June
- Locals say the ships damage the foundations of the city and destroy the famous skyline
- They have been campaigning for years for the introduction of a ban on the construction of liners there
- City officials finally give in after a crash between a huge cruise ship and a small boat
They have been blamed for damaging the delicate foundations of the city and destroying the famous skyline.
Now, after decades of struggle, residents of Venice have succeeded in banning cruise ships from docking there.
The Italian government announced yesterday that it would shift the linings of the historic city center.
The decision comes after a cruise ship hit a small tourist boat along one of the canals of Venice in June.
The SC Magnifica cruise ship while sailing away after a stop in Venice. Locals say cruise ships are damaging the foundations of the city and destroying the famous skyline
MSC Opera crashed on the quay of the Giudecca canal after injuring five passengers on the smaller ship.
The same month another cruise ship missed plowing to a restaurant on the canal.
The incidents prompted indignant Venetians to take to the water to protest in a fleet of small boats.
The 55,000 city population claims that the ships are in danger of overwhelming them and dropping an estimated 30,000 visitors during the peak summer months.
Earlier this year a cruise ship came close to plowing at the Venice dock and had to divert during a storm to prevent it from hitting the dry land
Another incident saw the MSC Opera (photo) collide with a city ship and river boat on the Giudecca channel and injured five people
Of the 60,000 tourists who visit Venice every day, less than half stay overnight.
Venice – once known as La Serenissima, or the Serene One – has also suffered damage to its old wooden foundations due to the bow waves of the huge ships.
Italian transport minister Danilo Toninelli said the cruise ships would be gradually moved from the current routes, the Financial times reported.
The plan is to moor a third next year in ports far away from the city, such as the Fusina and Lombardia terminals, three miles down the lagoon on the Italian mainland.
Toninelli said he was looking for a solution & # 39; to avoid witnessing more Giudecca invasions through these floating palaces, with the scandals and risks they entail & # 39 ;.
In the future, the liners will moor at a new location, possibly outside the lagoon, for which a public consultation must be decided.
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