Lowered the depths from 9 to 11 meters deep and consolidated some docks
To the cutting of the ribbon were present the mayor of the city Ilaria Caprioglio, the president of the Region Giovanni Toti, the president of the Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea Paolo Emilio Signorini and the general director of Costa Crociere, Neil Palomba.
The works involved lowering the depth from 9 to 11 meters deep and consolidating some of the docks: now the airport is ready to welcome the Costa Smeralda, the new flagship of the group and the first ship powered by LNG, which will leave for the inaugural cruise on December 21st.
«We are pleased to bring the innovative technology of the Lng, where we believed first, in Savona, a city we have been very close to for over 20 years. Thanks to the arrival of the Costa Smeralda in 2020, we expect our traffic to grow again in Savona, with 900,000 passengers handled, "said Palomba. And speaking of the "renewed" Calata delle Vele quay, Palomba added: "The inauguration of these new port infrastructures represents a consolidation of our strategic development plans in Savona – Palomba continued – The works will allow us to better welcome Costa Smeralda , destined to mark a real turning point in the sector, as it guarantees a significant reduction of the environmental impact without compromising the safety aspects that are essential for us ».In fact, the ship will be fueled, both in port and at sea, with liquefied natural gas (Lng), the cleanest fossil fuel in the world that makes it possible to eliminate emissions of sulfur oxides and particulates almost completely, as well as significantly reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide. The inaugural cruise is scheduled for December 21st, with departure from Savona.
Signorini: "Savona and Genoa in the top 10 Italian ports with a positive trend"
"Savona and Genoa are in the top 10 Italian ports with a positive trend for the current year and with excellent forecasts for 2020 that strengthen this trend, even bringing Liguria to be the first Italian region for the number of cruise passengers accepted". This was stated this morning by Paolo Emilio Signorini, president of the Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea, during the inauguration of the "renewed" Calata delle Vele quay. "Attention to the cruise industry is a priority of the System Authority – he continued -. A priority shared with Costa Cruises that has supported considerable investments necessary to adapt the reception facilities of its home port. The efforts made on behalf of the System Authority and the Costa Crociere company are an important confirmation, arrived at the end of a difficult year which saw all the institutions committed to restarting with enthusiasm after the collapse of the Ponte Morandi ».