NoonNovember 1, 2022 – 10:42 am
The growth linked to the recovery of the lagoon city. Patrons Griffi:
The Adriatic is a system
from Vito Fatiguso
BARI The 2022 cruise season will close with 500,000 passengers between the ports of Bari, Brindisi and Monopoli. But the Venice case is “knocked down” on the future of trafficking. So much so that a joint document is being developed – between the port authorities that overlook the Adriatic Sea – to ask for a compromise solution: that is to protect the lagoon environment while not losing traffic and economic prospects. this is one of the main hubs for sector operators (and large shipping companies) who see development opportunities shrinking due to the slowdown of the Venice “locomotive”. Here are the numbers: 497 ships with 1.6 million passengers were registered in 2019; in 2020 (the year of the outbreak of the pandemic) 10 ships and 5,600,000 passengers and then in 2021 to 33 ships and almost 30,000 passengers. The decree 103 of 2021 – sfold Fulvio Lino Di Blasio, president of the Port Authority of Venice – prohibits the transit of large tonnage boats through the urban waterways of San Marco Basin, San Marco Canal and Giudecca Canal. This means that cruise ships must be managed with the docks of Porto Marghera, but we go from the previous 7 to the current 2 with limited time spaces. The situation could improve with works to improve the safety of navigation of the Malamocco-Marghera canal, which awaits the definition of the sludge protocol and the morphological plan. The commissioner for these works is Di Blasio himself who, however, has to deal with the bureaucracy of great works. The goal of returning to the great glories with 585 ships handled in a year, but it takes timeliness. Venice is one of the most attractive destinations for international cruises – concludes Di Blasio – and the aim is to recover traffic volumes as soon as possible, but with certainties for future planning. Thus the confrontation with the new government will be fundamental in order not to demolish the sector which has a specific value for the entire Adriatic coast. The difficulties accused by Venice – adds Ugo Patroni Griffi, president of the Port Authority of the Southern Adriatic – have repercussions on the entire route because it makes the vitality of cruise traffic less dynamic. a problem that needs to be solved because companies are starting to move ships to other Mediterranean itineraries. We are all part of a large system and what happens in the north of the Adriatic has an effect on us too.
And for next year? In the end – continues Patroni Griffi – we should confirm the trend of 2022 knowing that the latter was still a season affected by the pandemic with fully loaded ships. We have to enhance the ports of Bari, Brindisi and Manfredonia trying to involve Termoli and Barletta as well. Surely 2023 will not be a record year in terms of the number of stopovers, but we must consolidate the excellent trend obtained in recent years. Furthermore, the lack of the “Venezia product” can also be quantified. Having available the flows of 2019 – concludes the president of the Port Authority of the Southern Adriatic – Bari and Brindisi could have increased traffic in 2023 by at least one hundred ships a year, going from 300 to 400 calls. After all, this is a need that mainly involves the cities where you make a stopover or embark. In Bari there is boarding and disembarkation and most of the passengers sleep at least one night. Not to mention the supply chain and services.
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