KOMPAS.com – The Italian government has officially announced a permanent ban on large cruise ships from entering the Venetian lagoon from August 1, 2021.
The ban is effective for cruise ships with a length of more than 180 meters or weighing 25,000 tons.
This decision was taken after the Italian government received protests and petitions signed by a number of activists and the public.
Not only that, threats also came from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include Venice on the list of endangered world heritage sites.
As is known, Venice has been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1987.
Launch Arch Daily, the presence of the Venetian cruise ship has been controversial for years in the country.
Thus, the international community, architects and artists are calling for No Big Ships or “No Big Ships” in Venice.
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They also signed a petition created by the Association of International Private Committees for the Protection of Venice which has also received support from UNESCO.
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There were more than 50 prominent figures from the fields of architecture, art, film and fashion who protested and signed the petition.
Call it, Director of the National Gallery of London Nicholas Penny Norman Foster and Director of the Guggenheim Foundation Richard Armstrong.
They urged Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism Dario Franceschini to get the jumbo-sized yacht out of Venice.
These figures argue, large cruise ships can provide an aesthetic disturbance to the city and create the possibility of catastrophic risks such as the collapse of the lagoon that surrounds the area.
In fact, many regulations were put in place over the years to reduce the number of ships arriving in Venice.
However, because these ships made a significant contribution to the economy, there was never a substantial decision from the Italian Government.
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To note, Venice has been battling rising water levels and flooding for centuries.
This city has also experienced the worst flooding in the last 50 years or occurred last November 2019.
There are several factors that make Venice particularly vulnerable to flooding such as rising sea levels around coastal cities due to climate change.
Every year, the city also experiences a subsidence of about one millimeter because the surface is soft and easy to shift.