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14/05/18 09:19

Costa Crociere to renovate Palacrociere of Savona to fit mega-cruiseships

Vice-president Ferrarini announced an upcoming 4.5 million eur investment to make the terminal suitable to berth the Costa Smeralda, while Palomba anticipates hopes to return to Genoa

Genoa – As announced by Roberto Ferrarini, vice-president Terminal & Port Management of Costa Crociere Group, while attending Assagenti assembly in Genoa, Costa Crociere has planned the restyling of Palacrociere Savona in order to accommodate their newbuildings being manufactured at Meyer Werft shipyard of Turku-Finland.

“Costa Crociere will invest 4.5 million Euro in Savona in order to renovate Palacrociere terminal and upgrade passengers' boarding/disembarkation fingers making them suitable for hosting forthcoming newbuildings”.

The first unit commissioned Meyer Werft of Turku is the Costa Smeralda, 182,700 GT and capable to board 6,500 passengers, whose christening ceremony will take place in Savona on November 3rd 2019.

Nevertheless, besides their Western Liguria - based homeport, as from next year Costa Crociere will also call at Genoa within one of their regular rotation, thus boarding/disembarking overall 150,000 passengers at Stazioni Marittime.

“Our calls in Genoa and La Spezia will be growing and so will happen in other Mediterranean ports, actually implementing our strategy aimed at diversifying ports and number of destinations served by Costa Crociere”, illustrated Ferrarini.

The following day, while attending a convention arranged by Ambrosetti House in Genoa, General Director Neil Palomba stated that after having 'divorced' and consequently relocated their terminal to Savona, the company has recently found new 'room' in Liguria main town: “We confide also home-porting in Genoa to develop a new strategy, in collaboration with local institutions, which could enhance tourism in this territory”, added Palomba.

Furthermore, during the Assembly arranged by Assagenti, Leonardo Massa, country manager for Italy at MSC Crociere also pinpointed that “the Mediterranean boasts great development potential however, infrastructures will need to be upgraded to accommodate maxi cruise ships”.

Still according to Ferrarini “many of the newbuildings under construction will be homeported in Western Mediterranean” in fact “cruise business is still a secondary market and has remarkable growth potential”.

Based on the data provided by Sergio Senesi, president of Cemar Agency Network, in 20 years (from 1998 to 2018) Italian ports accommodating cruises grew from 49 to 74, passengers soared from 2.2 to 10.9 million and stopovers from 2,509 to 4,564, cruise companies from 62 to 46, cruiseships calling at Italian ports went up from 107 to 141 and passengers per ships increased from 877 to 2,388.

Nicola Capuzzo