Genoa and Savona cruise terminal upgrades ongoing

2024-03-27T18:52:55+00:00 March 27th, 2024|Ports|

A wide-ranging large-scale infrastructure plan is underway at Genoa and Savona’s passenger ports and has begun to take shape across the cruise terminals.

With over €40 mill already invested to address the major challenges posed globally by the industry, the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority is now ready to cater for the advent of ultra-large cruise vessels and to ensure easy, safe, integrated and sustainable accessibility for the ships and the over 5 mill passengers, which call annually at the Ports of Genoa.

The cruise sector’s strong performance and rapid development boosts not only tourism in the city ports, but also the local thriving shipbuilding and repair industry, a key driver of the Italian blue economy.

Naturally, the growth in cruise passengers across both the ports of Genoa and Savona is planned and governed to ensure compliance with strict standards in terms of environmental protection and sustainability.

For example, the Port Authority has invested €30 mill in the upcoming installation of shore power supply facilities, which will be offered to all cruise ships calling at the terminals.

A new power supply unit and cables installation is currently underway at Genoa’s Stazioni Marittime terminal by the contractor Nidec.

In addition, construction work has commenced at Ponte dei Mille Levante to extend the quay length from 290 m to 376 m to cater for the latest generation of ultra-large vessels, including MSC’s ‘World Class’, thereby equipping the terminal with two quays capable of accommodating simultaneously the next generation ships by 2025.

Dredging down to 11 m, and quay upgrading were concluded last year.

In the cruise passenger area, retrofitting activities to the Cesare Imperiale Viaduct, the 300 m scenic waterfront promenade connecting Ponte dei Mille to Ponte Andrea Doria Terminal, is nearing completion.