Italian protesters score victory vs cruise Ships
by FFE EU News staff
Venice, Italy will see fewer cruise ships ply close to its shorelines starting next year. The Italian government made this announcement on Tuesday as protesters continue to decry the damage the ships are making to the old city.
Starting January 2014, the number of cruise ships that ply Venice will be cut down by 20%. Ships weighing more than 96,000 tonnes will also be banned starting November 2014.
In addition, Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s office announced a plan to open up a separate canal to divert the giant ships and give them a ‘back door’ access to the city.
Many Italians have been against the entry of giant cruise ships in Venice’s lagoon since the cruise liner Costa Concordia ran aground in January 2012, killing 32 people. Those who oppose the cruise ships have said that the giant vessels damage the lagoon and the city’s foundations, flood the city with too many tourists and destroy the picturesque look of Venice.
A spokesman for the protesters said the announcement is just step one of their continuing efforts to ensure a safer and more controlled traffic of tourists in the city.