Genoa - Now that the Council of State has rejected the appeal by the Venice Port Authority, and that a new government is about to settle in Rome, the “Venis Cruise” project, for a new cruise terminal in Venice outside its lagoon, can return to vogue. It will be up to the next Minister of Transport to decide whether to take him out of the drawer where he has been locked up for three years.
The terminal was designed by Duferco Engineering, the design company of the Swiss iron and steel-naval-financial group Duferco, which takes the opportunity to talk about it again. It does so through its chief executive Ezio Palmisani, who spoke yesterday at the international mechatronics conference “Epe-Ecce 2019” which is bringing together a thousand people at the Magazzini del Cotone in Genoa these days and until tomorrow. The idea of the out-of-lagoon terminal is the result of the tragedy of the “Costa Concordia” and of the Clini-Passera decree of 2012, which prohibits ships of tonnage above 500 tons gross from passing less than two miles from protected marine areas.
It was Cesare De Piccoli, a former deputy minister of transport and former vice-mayor of Venice, of the Italian Democratic Party, who first proposed it to Duferco Engineering, who became passionate about the subject and made it his own.
The idea, in the design that made it Duferco, has two legs: the mooring for four cruise ships in Bocca di Lido, gateway to the Venetian lagoon, and a system of electric motor ships that take passengers from the terminal, along San Marco and Giudecca, at the Maritime Station. The idea, as a whole, had appealed to the Minister of the Environment who in November 2016, the Renzi government, approved it. By law, however, the Minister of Transport must also approve it, but since then, and despite the change of the owner from Delrio to Toninelli, he seems to have forgotten it. The terminal is stationary. The motor vessel, on the other hand, goes, or at least tries: “It is a transport system that reduces emissions, noise and, thanks to its double hull, catamaran, and its Voith engines with vertical blades rotating around the axles, it generates very few waves in the water .” Palmisani wants to propose it in Switzerland, “it is the ideal means to navigate on the lakes” and is preparing its proposal: “We asked a shipyard for a quote. Then, with our punctual offer, we will present ourselves to the market “.