Large cruise ships banned from Venice

The Italian government is banning all cruise ships exceeding 96,000 tonnes from Venice’s historic centre and the Giudecca Canal from 2015, and is restricting visits by smaller ships of no more than 40,000 tonnes. As well as the risk of collision, the big ships have long been blamed for threatening the city’s precious medieval buildings with corrosive smog, and questions have also been raised about the effects of vibrations from the ships on the foundations of centuries-old buildings.

Source: Sustainable Shipping News, 11 August 2014

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