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A flashmob organized by the Cruise Venice Committee welcomes the arrival of the Carnival Legend and toasts the beginning of the new cruise season in the lagoon, May 2013. See HERE for story

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ROME, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Italy will immediately begin to limit large cruise ship traffic in the Venice lagoon and the biggest vessels – of more than 96,000 gross tonnes – will be banned from November of next year, the government said on Tuesday.

Protests by Venice residents and environmentalists concerned about the damage caused by increasing cruise ship traffic to the fragile city, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, have been on the rise in recent years.

Prime Minister Enrico Letta met the transport and culture ministers as well as the governor of the Veneto region and the mayor of Venice, and approved plans to limit or shut down cruise ship traffic in parts of the Venice lagoon and near the city’s famous Saint Mark’s Square.

See Also: An Industry Under Scrutiny – Are Cruise Ships Too Big

“Finally the trend towards gigantic ships in the lagoon has been turned around,” the mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, said in a statement. “We’ve had enough of these mega cruise ships just metres away from San Marco, from now on there will be clear limits on the size of ships that can enter Venice.”

concern at the risk posed by the enormous vessels has been heightened by the disaster of the Costa Concordia, the 114,500 tonne liner which sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in 2012, with the loss of 32 lives.

Large cruise ships will be banned from the canal between the mainland and the Giudecca island in the lagoon while a new access channel is developed with the main shipping terminal.

From January 2014, cruise ship traffic in front of the Piazza San Marco in the heart of the city, will be limited, with the number of cruise ships of more than 40,000 tonnes authorized to cross the Giudecca canal cut by 20 percent from 2012 levels.

From November next year, the largest ships of more than 96,000 tonnes will be banned entirely from crossing the Giudecca canal.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer and James Mackenzie; editingby Ralph Boulton)

© 2013 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.

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  • Todd Dempsey

    Probably because there has been one parked outside the harbor for a year and half.

  • Devin Jacob Hebert

    I guess they don’t want any extra money from the tourist they must have Obama as a president !

  • Matthew Grosvenor

    That’s puts the celebrity and royal Caribbean ones out of the market, was a good over night port of the crew to get off and relax

  • MichaÅ‚ Nowicki

    finally!

  • Debbie Lawther

    Hooray for Italy!!

  • I am a Merchant Navy guy, So I’m Automatically Coo

    LOL

  • John Hinchliffe

    Entirely sensible….

  • Paul O’Toole

    Good news, at last someone taking a long view rather than just trying to make a quick buck.

  • Sergio Marchi

    Italia inizierà immediatamente per limitare il traffico grande nave da crociera nella laguna di Venezia e le grandi navi – di oltre 96.000 tonnellate di stazza lorda – sarà vietato a partire dal novembre del prossimo anno, il governo ha detto il Martedì.

  • Sergio Marchi

    Italia inizierà immediatamente per limitare il traffico grande nave da crociera nella laguna di Venezia e le grandi navi – di oltre 96.000 tonnellate di stazza lorda – sarà vietato a partire dal novembre del prossimo anno, il governo ha detto il Martedì.

  • Danielle Forster

    VERY GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!

  • Danielle Forster

    VERY GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!

  • gCaptain

    Thank you for translating for our Italian friends

  • gCaptain

    Thank you for translating for our Italian friends

  • Devin Jacob Hebert

    That’s bad news now the tourist can’t spend money it hurts the port and businesses around there! What could possibly be good about that?

  • Justin Hebert

    That’s horrible their economy going to suffer because of ignorant politicians

  • Sergio Marchi

    Men Special thanks to you! Network page Interesting! Congratulations!

  • Devin Jacob Hebert

    Prolly some fucking tree huggers idea

  • Lenny Lebowitz

    Large ships are ugly , venice is beatiful but smells bad , so big deal the cruise ships can unload the hords of idiots they carry onboard and put them on ferries so they can get to venice , creating new jobs amd getting more money out of the idiots pockets

  • Ann Trollinger

    Good!

  • dennis

    I understand their motives, however, I believe they will be unhappy with the revenue loss and when the cruise industry finds new ports they wont go back to Venice.

    • Matt G

      Revenue won’t be effected for the city, often people buy the cruises because they go to Venice. Besides a small revenue loss compared to loosing the city is finacially and socially better in the long run.

  • http://www.economic-undertow.com steve from virginia

    Tourists on cruise ships should depart @ Ravenna and take the train to Venice.

    No cruise ships should be allowed in the lagoon at all.

    • Matt G

      Agreed.

  • Dave Kennedy

    should do the same in Portofino.

  • Jose Felipe Vargas Diaz

    Tremenda nave excelente foto

  • Žorž Ribar

    Anyway,this is to big vessel fo r the small port.

  • Scylla

    At long last!! Revenue will not be affected one iota. Venice is bursting at the seams with tourists all year round – a fraction less will be good for us all.

  • Hayat Khan

    Wow nice ship I’m P&O sea man Hayat khan

  • Hayat Khan

    Wow nice ship I’m P&O sea man Hayat khan

  • BoÅ¡tjan Saje

    Od novembra 2014 naj bi Italija, v Benetkah omejila velike potniške ladje in največje ladje katere nosilnosti so več kot 96.000 bruto ton.

  • J.Mike Hunt

    Ah Yes..the more people you can jam into this city the better. I just love to walk down a street with thousands of tourists who were recently reguritated from a ship anchored in the harbor.

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