Get cruises going again in Italian ports immediately. Now it’s not only the operators and the shipping companies who are getting anxious but also the Port Network Authorities themselves, like the Genoese one that took action yesterday with a very precise request to the Government.
“The protocol developed by companies in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport provides for the adoption of a series of measures that are able to guarantee the safety and health of passengers and seafarers in every operational phase of the cruise,” says the Authority at Palazzo San Giorgio Board in a press note.
This suggests that “a gradual recovery based on maintaining the highest levels of safety in shore-based activities” would be possible and “would be the first important step towards the reactivation of the cruise sector which has suffered a long stop due to the Covid-19 emergency”.
The Port Network Authority points out that in 2019 the Network Ports (Genoa and Savona) handled over 2 million cruise passengers, hosting 435 ships.
“For Savona and Genoa, the home ports of Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises respectively, this sector means economic development, promotion of the area to attract tourists as well as stable employment opportunities in areas that are currently experiencing a major decline in international tourism. In giving top priority to safeguarding the health of the general public, it is important to make every effort to relaunch the cruise market with the guarantee of health safety protocols on board as well as on land.”
Translation by Giles Foster