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12 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 21:41 GMT+2

April 5, 2019

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Introduced the new terminal cruises of the port of

It will be realized by Royal Caribbean, MSC Crociere and Costa Crociere with an investment of 41 million euros

Last week the Authority of Harbour System of the Ligurian Sea Oriental has entrusted in temporary way the management for four months of the crocieristico traffic in the port of La Spezia to Costa Crociere in attended that these last with the other crocieristiche companies Royal Caribbean Cruises and MSC Cruises they are charged of the services to the cruises in from Liguria port as highest bidders of the relative contest indetta from the harbour agency that has collected the single offer introduced from the Temporary Grouping of formed Enterprises from the three companies, with proposal that is estimated suitable by the giudicatrice commission(on 15 January 2019). The RTI will have now to formalize the relative procedure to the norms antitrust and it will not be able therefore to immediately take in cargo the service that until next the 26 July will be still carried out by Costa Crociere.

The contest previewed also the engagement to realize a new marine station to the Paita Descent, with project that is introduced today by the three companies and the representatives of the institutions. The new terminal cruises, planned by architect Alfonso Femia, will be realized with an investment of 41 million euros by Royal Caribbean, MSC Crociere and Costa Crociere. "Our proposal, first public-private partnership in the crocieristico field in Italy - Ana Karina Santini has explained, project coordinator on behalf of the three crocieristiche companies - has been based on the conviction that with, the three crocieristici groups and the local authorities, can develop a modern crocieristico port of quality inserted in the heart of the city context in the woven respect of the cultural and city premises and of the normative picture of reference. We will put on our acquaintances on the strategies and the developments of the crocieristica industry and our operating and managerial know-how-how for the solution of the operating, logistic challenges and of qualification contemplated in our project".

The president of the AdSP of the Ligurian Sea Western, Carla Roncallo, has evidenced the optimal reached result concluding "a so complex procedure, assuring - he has emphasized - a future to our port in this important field, visa also the involvement of the three main crocieristiche companies, turned out highest bidders of the procedure". The mayor of, Pierluigi Peracchini, has found that draft of "another step towards the waterfront of: the spirit of collaboration and the synergy between AdSP, Ministry of Infrastructures, E region Municipality - he has asserted - continues to give its yields in order to transform the city in one of the more important unwinds Italian. The courage to have found an innovative formula used for the first time on an Italian port as the project financing he is concomitant to the ambition that all we have to make the quality jump and to carry greater development and greater occupation to all our territory. Today we put another dowel in the mosaic of the waterfront in order to realize a work that will be one of milestones of the new front to city sea. Mine compliments to Royal Caribbean, MSC and Costa Crociere for the award of the contest".

Also the president of the Region Liguria, Giovanni Toti, has confirmed the importance of the result, "because - it has explained - for the first time three international players put entirety for the realization of a fundamental work that represents the first dowel of the waterfront breaks, in which public and private they will go to cohabit. Sul forehead of the cruises then - Toti has remembered - the Liguria boasts a supremacy a lot important: it is the first region in Italy for number of enlivened passengers, with beyond three million it embarks, it disembarks and transits".

Of the same tenor the participation of the vice minister to Infrastructures and you transport, Edoardo Rixi, "because - it has observed - desire restates to make to become La Spezia a great home port and, above all, to increase its tourist vocation for the crocieristica part, requalifying the waterfront and giving space to three of the operators more important world-wise. The project - it has added Rixi - is very meaningful, also because it previews important private investments and, above all, it finally realizes a design that was firm longtime. Therefore - it has concluded the vice minister - I attend with confidence that, already in the next few days, also the Contship group active in order to allow itself to use the areas of Paita Descent since quickly, so as to be able to have all papers in order in order to proceed the first possible with the realization of the terminal cruises".

Exhortation that has been collection from the terminalista group Contship Italy, than work to through the La Spezia branch Container Terminal (LSCT), specifying to agree with vice minister Rixi on the fact that considers important to accelerate the times, "what - it has specified the company in a note - than the Contship group wishes from varied years, that is every time that in Asia, the USA, Europe and in every other center, dinnanzi to the current and potential customers has put "the face" with own business summits with respect to the times of realization of this important and strategic project of expansion of the ability to the terminal. Times - it has denounced the terminalista group - too much often disregarded for bureaucratic elements not employee from the will of the private investor. It is this therefore an optimal occasion - it has still found the company - in order to evidence therefore that La Spezia Container Terminal, in the respect of the assumed engagements and the times previewed in the agreements, has acquitted and adempiuto to how much of its competence and has asked the Harbour Authority to clarify, considered the grindstones of the financial engagements in cargo to LSCT for beyond 200 million euros, the beginning and the previewed term of the dredgings and the relative railway project. Projects these last ones that are basic, essential and necessary for the good results of the agreements sign and that they are not cited in the submission action, last action this necessary one to the start of the operating phases of the project".

While this year in the port they break are attended 23 cruise ships of 12 various companies for a total of beyond 700.000 passengers.

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