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Alliance between MSC, Rccl and Costa

La Spezia is betting on cruises

by Port News Editorial Staff

Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Costa Crociere are going to invest 41 million euros in the construction of a new cruise terminal in La Spezia.

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

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