The facility will be built on a pier that in a couple of years will be built in Calata Paita . According to the architect Alfredo Femia’s concept, it will fit into the landscape of the Golfo dei Poeti thanks to a play of light and translucency, due also to large glass surfaces. Further back, a multifunctional building with about 500 parking spaces for cars, buses and taxis.
The project was presented a few days ago at the headquarters of the Eastern Ligurian Port Network Authority, which granted the three large companies, united in a joint venture, a 37 year concession for reception services to cruise passengers.
Today’s result is very important – declared the President of the Liguria Regional Administration Giovanni Toti – because, for the first time, three international players have come together to develop a fundamental project that represents the first part of La Spezia’s waterfront, in a public-private cohabitation context
Toti pointed out that, on the cruise front, Liguria has a very important record: it is the top region in Italy for the number of passengers handled, with over 3 million embarkations, disembarkations and transits. “According to the “Italian Cruise Watch” report are among our country’s top cruise ports , with the excellent performance of La Spezia, at the end of 2019, could reach its historical record of cruise passengers and 160 vessel calls (+23% on 2028). A great result, therefore, to which today’s agreement will certainly contribute”, he concluded.
Translation by Giles Foster