Italy approves a plan to move away from cruise ships in front of Venice

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport announced a plan to progressively move away from cruise ships and other vessels in the next three years in front of Venice, which However, it has not satisfied the associations of citizens and ecologists.

Rome, Nov 8 (EFE) .- The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport announced a plan to progressively move away from cruise ships and other vessels in the next three years in front of Venice, which however has not satisfied the associations of citizens and ecologists.

In a communiqué issued last night it was announced that the inter-ministerial Committee on the Venice had come up with a solution to avoid the controversial passage of the large cruise ships and other ships in front of St. Mark's Square.

The images of these skyscrapers on the sea that They passed and stopped threateningly in front of St. Mark's Square and the Doge's Palace they had gone around the world and provoked strong criticism.

The measure to end the passage of the large ships was one of the conditions imposed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) to prevent Venice from being eliminated from the list of world heritage cities to be considered a place in danger.

Since January 2018, the plan to reduce the passage of ships will begin to be applied.

current income will be open for the moment to the ships up to 55,000 tons of weight, so that the cruises will no longer enter San Marcos but will go through the alternative step from Malamocco to dock in the port of Marghera, in the town of Mestre.

Tourists will be transported by bus to the entrance of the city.

Many Venetians gathered in associations such as the "Committee No to the Great Ships in Venice" had been trying for years to avoid the passage of large ships and cruises before the city.

shipwreck of the cruise Costa Concordia in 2012 in front of the island of Il Giglio, in the center of Italy, it made jump all the alarms of what could have happened if it had happened in the fragile City of the Channels.

After that, a decree was approved in 2014 to look for alternatives for the removal of ships larger than 40,000 tons, which until now had been parked.

With another law during the Government of Enrico Letta in 2014 the passage of ships exceeding 96,000 tons was forbidden, with which the entry of one vessel had already been restricted. Much of the great cruises.

But the news of the agreement has not satisfied the "Committee No to the Great Ships", which in June collected 18,000 votes to disappear completely the lagoon cruises and were diverted to the port of Trieste.

Therefore, they said in a statement that the Government's proposal is "the worst possible", since it does not solve the environmental impact on the lagoon and will continue causing "devastating effects for the environmental balance of the area".

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