Rome-The coronavirus pandemic has caused most cruise ships to dock at the docks. But the Italian government ruled this week that even if the voyage resumes, the giant cruiser will no longer be allowed to pass through Venice’s Piazza San Marco and must find a berth outside the fragile lagoon.
In response to the need to protect “Venice’s artistic, cultural and environmental heritage,” the Italian cabinet passed a decree on Wednesday night requiring “emergency provisions” for detour activities and freight. The government asked the Venetian port authorities to conduct a public consultation, which is called “soliciting ideas”
Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini praised the decision on Thursday, on the grounds that tourists visiting Venice were amazed because they saw “a cruise ship several hundred meters high and as high as an apartment building” from Pass in front of St. Mark’s Square. He said that the government’s decision was influenced by UNESCO, the United Nations cultural protection agency, which has long called on Italy to reconcile the balance between lagoon protection and cruise and cargo activities.
The government’s decision was welcomed by the Environmental Protection Association. The Environmental Protection Association warned that the big ship sank on the Judeka Canal and raged on the Venice Lagoon when it was docked on the city’s main passenger canal.
“We won:’Large ships coming out of the lagoon’ is the law,” the No Large Ships Commission declared on its Facebook page. After years of protests, demonstrations, initiatives, and trials against committee members, the government insisted on the city’s voice: “Large ships are not compatible with the Venice Lagoon,” the committee wrote.
Their worries become greatest whenever ship-induced accidents become the focus of problems for large ships, including the accident in June 2019, when a cruise ship crashed into a smaller cruise ship and was on the wharf of the Giudecca Canal Collision.
But even if environmentalists said they were disgusted by the government’s decision, they expressed concern about the government’s plan to temporarily detour the cruise ship to Port Margarella in the industrial center of the lagoon until the construction of a new mooring station outside the lagoon.
“This is the first time that the government has officially issued a decree prohibiting ships sailing from the lagoon. This is undoubtedly very positive,” said Tommaso Cacciari, spokesperson for the NVOCC.
He said: “But then the government immediately fell into chaos, because it talked about Margarella’s interim solution.”
Mr. Kachiari said that such a solution may last for several years, and because of logistical and environmental considerations, it is not feasible to build a terminal in Marghera.
In recent years, as violent storms and frequent floods ravage the city, Venice’s fragile lagoon state has received increasing scrutiny.
Unesco In an email, it stated that its World Heritage Committee has been “in ongoing dialogue with the Italian authorities to find a suitable solution.” The agency is considering including Venice on its list of endangered World Heritage Sites unless measures have been taken. “Making significant and measurable progress in protection status.”
The government has previously ruled that large ships must find an alternative route to avoid vulnerable areas like the Venice Lagoon.Other initiatives include an offshore terminal project with The permanent passenger terminal at the entrance of the Lagoon Lido.
The Lido project has been approved by several government committees, but it is in trouble at the Ministry of Infrastructure. Cesare De Piccoli, a former congressman from Venice who participated in the project, said that he was not informed of the reason for the trouble, but the latest decision to ban navigation from the lagoon was “politically important”.
Given his own experience, Mr. De Piccoli is skeptical, but said he plans to re-launch the Lido project as part of the solicitation of ideas.
He said: “After all, it has been approved.”
Critics say that the decision to bypass the ship to Marghera, even if it is temporary, violates the spirit of government decree.
There are concerns that the canals used by cargo ships built in the 1960s are narrow and too shallow to handle the current large ships. Senator Mauro Coltorti, chairman of the Senate’s Transportation and Public Works Committee, said that the recent Suez Canal incident “should provide adequate warning”.
Others worry that spending millions of dollars on the passenger terminal risks making it permanent.
Maria Rosa Vittadini, a retired professor at the University of Venice, said that there are others who worry that the canal to Marghera must be expanded to accommodate large ships. This will be the beginning of environmental protection actions.”
Cinzia Zincone, director of the Port Authority in charge of the Port of Venice, said that because its banks are eroding and “important sediments” are sinking into the canal, the canal needs maintenance. She said: “We don’t allow this situation to continue because it will have a negative impact on the environment.”
Some Venetians want to know how international cruise passengers feel about docking in Marghera, and Marghera is certainly not scenic. Mr. De Piccoli said: “You will have some tourists who think they will visit St. Mark’s, only to find themselves in front of an oil refinery.”