Will Venice ban end the cruise ship battle?
It was the first cruise ship since the lockdown to sail the Venetian Lagoon, but it may also have been one of the last. Hundreds of people gathered on land and in small boats to demand an end to the giant liners passing through the historic lagoon city. And it looks like they’ve been heard. A few weeks later, the government announced a ban from August 1 to defend the city’s ecosystem and heritage. The move ended years of political hesitation, placing the demands of residents and cultural organizations above those of port authorities and tourism operators who say the city needs the deals offered by the cruise industry. . The ban came in response to threats from UNESCO to blacklist Italy so as not to ban ocean liners from the World Heritage site. From August 1, ships weighing more than 25,000 tonnes will be prohibited from entering the shallow Giudecca Canal which passes in front of Piazza San Marco, the city’s most famous monument. The government’s proposal is to build an alternative port nearby – but this solution doesn’t seem to appeal to either group. Activists do not want liners even near Venice, worried about pollution and safety. But port workers are frustrated that it will be some time before the port is ready to accommodate ocean liners. Many are just getting back to work after 19 months of being shut down – and seeing the latest news as an unimaginable blow. Environmental scientist Jane da Mosto is the executive director of “We are here Venice”, a group focused on environmental and social projects across the lagoon. She says the ban was not a long-term solution to the fragile city’s problems. finally do something with a specific timeline to keep these monsters away from the heart of the city, but a fraction of a second after feeling relieved all the other issues started to come to mind regarding the urgent need for a solution long term to the problem. “