Costa Crociere married Savona until 2044
The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority signed a contract extension for the concession agreement. In November 2019 Savona will host the naming ceremony of next flagship Costa Smeralda
Costa Cruises and Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority signed the renewal of the contract to extend through 2044 the concession to the Italian cruise company for the cruise services and areas of the port of Savona. The official event at Palacrociere terminal was attended by President of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority, Paolo Emilio Signorini, and President of Costa Cruises, Neil Palomba, in the presence of President of Liguria Region, Giovanni Toti, and Mayor of Savona, Ilaria Caprioglio.
On 3 November 2019 Savona will host the christening ceremony for its next flagship Costa Smeralda, currently under construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland that will sail through spring 2021 every Saturday for a week-long itinerary to Marseilles, Barcelona, Palma, Rome and La Spezia.
Major work will soon begin in port of Savona for an investment of 24 million euro preparing her arrival; the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority will deepen sea bed in front of Palacrociere main cruise terminal quay to increase the draught from -9 to -11 m asl upon consolidation of the structure, for an estimated 19.35 million euro, while Costa will invest 4.5 million euro to buy two fingers and adapt the structure by reorganizing the flows and spaces.
This is an important recognition for Ligurian cruise industry in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa last August. “Savona is the main home port of Costa where we generate annual traffic of 800,000 passengers” stated Neil Palomba, president of Costa.
Costa is expected to make 155 shipcalls in Savona during 2019.