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Giant cruise ships being kept at Bay in Venice

The biggest cruise ships are now being kept away from the Giudecca Canal that parallels the city's Grand Canal. A combination of ecological imperatives and the local battle against mass tourism made this happen.

The floating behemoths that offered a grandiose arrival in Venice, should soon lose authorization to the Bacino di San Marco. Their presence is a threat to the city due to risks of collision and widening the basin with their passage.

The Interministerial Committee to Safeguard Venice and the Lagoon reached a nearly unanimous decision : ships of more than 55,000 tonnes will no longer receive authorization to take the Giudecca Canal (the current limit is three times higher). Several other limitations have been implemented in the lagoon. The alleged reasons are primarily of a security and ecological nature.

This limit, while it may calm and placate the population, is likely to deprive certain cities in the Venice metropolis of important financial windfall, that is hardly negligible at a time when the city's population is abandoning it.

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