Venice Moves A Step Closer to Banning Cruise Ships

Venice has moved a step closer to banning cruise ships from the Giudecca Canal, according to an Italian newspaper.

Italian Environment Minister Andrea Orlando is proposing enacting emergency legislation — drafted after the Costa Concordia accident — which would ban ships of more than 500 tons coming within two nautical miles of landscapes of natural or cultural importance.

Orlando tells the newspaper Il Gazzettino he will put the proposals in front of a cross-party parliamentary committee next month (October).

The move is backed by Venice’s mayor Giorgio Orsini, who wants to see cruise passengers dock at a nearby town, Porto Marghera.

Venice Moves A Step Closer to Banning Cruise Ships