Ncl and Royal Caribbean will not move to Marghera

No more Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean in Venice. Nor the luxury ships of brands such as Viking, Azamara, Silversea, Ritz Carlton. All companies that have already declared that they have no intention of docking in Marghera. At least until the minimum safety conditions are met, they would have revealed in particular Ncl and Rcl in Venezia Terminal Passeggeri spa, which with an official note reacts to the announcement of the transit ban imposed on large ships in front of the San Marco basin and in the Giudecca canal starting next August 1st.

“From what we learn from press sources and from the assiduous dialogue with the government – reads the VTP document – the guidelines, contained in the ministerial decree approved yesterday by the Council of Ministers and awaiting publication in the Official Gazette, of done they arbitrarily cancel the possibility of using the Marittima terminal under concession to Vtp until 2025 as an instrumental asset for the service of general interest aimed at the movement of passengers in the port of Venice for the company. Given the stringent limits indicated, in fact, practically almost no ship that climbed in Venice will be able to access the Marittima“.

The company basically accuses the government of “erase with a swipe of the sponge one of the most popular cruise ports in the world by service level, postponing the shift of cruise activities to Marghera to an unspecified time with the real risk of putting an end to the Venetian cruise industry, with enormous damage both from an economic and an occupational point of view. In fact, it is very difficult for cruise companies, once they have moved their ships to other national or worse foreign ports, to decide to relocate them to Venice after many years. For this reason, it is urgent that clarity be made on the path that will lead to the move to Marghera, of which VTP has been studying the feasibility for some time and for which it has already filed concrete proposals that have not been heard ”.

In fact, suggests Northeast Economy, the only company that would have given a guarantee to reposition itself immediately in Marghera, would have been Msc, which could, among other things, take advantage of a possible withdrawal of US operators. The economic impact of city cruises is particularly large. According to what is estimated by the Clia, one would speak of a turnover of 150 million euros a year, capable of guaranteeing 4 thousand jobs. A figure that would rise to 410 million, including the entire cruise line.

“We hope that the government will take into consideration these requests, as well as those promoted by those who are opposed to cruising, also carefully evaluating proposals already made such as the Vittorio Emanuele which in fact would allow to keep the Marittima alive and with it its excellence, without destining it inevitably to closing – declares the president of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, Fabrizio Spain -. It will hardly be necessary to recall that the project finance pursuant to Article 183 of the Procurement Code, presented by our company in October 2019 to the competent bodies, provided for an investment of just over 30 million euros for maintenance work on the Vittorio Emanuele III canal, in line with the port regulatory plan in force, with a project with high environmental sustainability and which provided for the enhancement of the Marittima on which 160 million euros of public and private funds were invested ”.