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

Venice bans cruise ships from Grand Canal

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’

  • Debate over large ships heightened by tourist death a fortnight ago
  • Campaigners say they hit the city’s fragile foundations
  • Passengers bring little economic benefit to the city, it was claimed

The eyesore of cruise ships on Venice’s famous skyline could soon become ancient history, as the behemoths are set to be banned from the city’s waterways.

The new proposals by Italy’s Environment Minister follow a crackdown on water traffic, after the death of a German tourist two weeks ago. Joachim Vogel, 50, a professor of criminal law, was crushed against a dock by a reversing vaporetto water bus as he took a tour with his family by gondola near the Rialto Bridge…

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’