These behemoths threaten the rich heritage of Venice and the city is seeking allies to fight. The Serenissima has launched a call to the other ports of historical european sought after by the cruise lines – such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and Marseille – unite their forces against the many dangers of the ocean liners giant, announced Thursday the port authorities.

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“I have written to all the european cities that share our experience in the tourism of cruises and must find a balance between economic development and environmental preservation”, said in a statement Pino Musolino, president Venice port authority in the north of the Adriatic sea. “The increase in the size of ships, their environmental impact on the port areas and the “burden” caused by the growing number of tourists created a situation of conflict,” he wrote to the eight port authorities. He called on them to “join forces” to compel the companies to design boats, “consistent with our structures and the environment.”

Erosion of the foundations of the city

A cruise ship giant out of control had triggered the beginning of June the panic in Venice and four injured light, reigniting the controversy over the risks and damage, including environmental, that lead to the Serene, these huge ocean liners that sail exceptionally close to the shore. The victim of an engine failure, the MSC Opera, that can transport nearly 2.680 passengers and sailed on the Giudecca canal — one of the larger canals of the city of the Doges, that is borrowed by the cruise ships — had struck a dock and then a tourist boat in wanting to moor up.

at the Beginning of July, Venice had narrowly avoided another accident involving a cruise ship giant 300-metre-long was spent at a hair of a yacht leaving the lagoon of Venice through a very bad time and pulled by tugs.

The liners are accused by the defenders of the environment contribute to the erosion of the foundations of the city, while Venice and its lagoon are listed as a Unesco heritage site. Italy has adopted in November 2017, a development plan of the lagoon to sustain the gainful activity of the cruise ships changing their course. Eventually, thanks to the construction of a new marine terminal, the cruise ships will no longer be able to cross the lake city via the Giudecca canal, which runs along the place Saint-Marc.

The port Authority in the north of the Adriatic sea, Venice, indicates that it has already received positive responses from Barcelona, Palma and Marseille. Some 30 million people in the world should take a cruise this year, a figure rising to 70% over ten years, indicates the sector.

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