Savona, December 14, 2018 – Today, at the Palacrociere terminal, the Western
Ligurian Sea Port Authority and Costa Cruises signed
the renewal of the contract to extend until
2044 the concession to the
Italian company for the cruise areas and services of the port of Savona.
event was attended by Paolo Emilio
Signorini, President of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority and Neil Palomba, President
of Costa Cruises, who signed the new agreement in the presence of Giovanni Toti, President of the Liguria
Region and Ilaria Caprioglio, Mayor
of Savona, as a demonstration of the importance of this moment for the future
development of the port of Savona.
Paolo Emilio Signorini, President of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority stated: "The development of the cruise industry in
Genoa and Savona is a key component of the Port Authority's mission and a focal
point of investment programmes currently underway to fund infrastructure
projects in this thriving segment of the Ligurian ports. The Port Authority's
commitment has been flanked by a sizable investment programme implemented by
Costa Cruises to upgrade the homeport facilities (a total of over 20
million euros). Savona and Genoa rank amongst the Top 10 Italian cruise ports,
with the National and Regional Tourist Agencies forecasting further increases
in passenger traffic in 2019, thereby consolidating Liguria's position as
Italy's premier regional cruise destination. This is an important recognition
for Genoa and Savona's cruise industry in the aftermath of the tragic collapse
of the Morandi Bridge last August."
"Savona is the main home port of
Costa Cruises, where we generate an annual traffic of over 800,000 passengers"
- said Neil Palomba, President of Costa Cruises – "This new agreement
is a further success in our fruitful collaboration with the Port Authoirity,
and lays even more solid and long-lasting foundations for the investments we
have already decided to make to adapt the Palacrociere in preparation for the
arrival of Costa Smeralda, our new flagship, at the end of 2019".
"The cruise sector remains
strategic for Liguria and for the development of its tourism sector, which is a
fundamental asset for the economic recovery of this region. - confirms the President of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti – The extension to 2044 of the concession is
synonymous with a wide-ranging and long-term project, which aims to enhance
what is the most important cruise hub in Liguria, which is now ready to become
a leader in Italy and Europe. The agreement signed today also confirms the
close link between Liguria and Costa, a company with strong roots in Liguria, a
company that operates and gives work in the land where it was founded and where
it has been operating for 70 years ".
Mayor of Savona, commented: "The Municipal Administration
welcomes the signing of this important document, which is fundamental for the
prosecution of economic development of our city and of the surrounding
territory, not only in the tourism sector. An agreement resulting from a
synergistic work, in order to continue to host Costa Cruises main home port in
Savona. From our side, we will reinforce our commitment to make the city more
and more welcoming for the many cruise passengers who have the opportunity to
know and make Savona known in the world ".
November 3, 2019, Savona itself will host the naming ceremony for the new Costa Smeralda flagship (180,000 tonnes
and 2,612 rooms), currently under construction in the Meyer shipyard in Turku
(Finland). From November 9, 2019 until spring 2021, Costa Smeralda will be in
Savona every Saturday for a 1-week itinerary calling at Marseilles, Barcelona,
Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia/Rome and La Spezia.
preparation for the arrival of Costa Smeralda, major work will soon begin in
the Savona cruise port, for a total investment of around 24 million euros. The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority will be deepening the sea bed
in front of the Palacrociere main cruise terminal quay to increase the draught
from the current -9 m asl to -11 m asl, after consolidation of the
structure. The total cost of the work is
estimated to be 19.35 million euros.
Costa Cruises will invest a total of 4.5
million euros to buy two new fingers and adapt the structure of the
Palacrociere main cruise terminal by reorganizing the spaces and flows. The
work will not interfere with the operation of the port, where Costa ships are
expected to make 155 calls in 2019.
Smeralda will be the first cruise ship for the global market to be powered by
LNG, both in port and at sea. The new
flagship will also be the best expression of the Italy's finest concept that
characterizes the Costa brand internationally. It will offer complete innovations, but also further developments of
product features that are enjoying the greatest success on ships already in
service. Four internationally-renowned design companies have been selected to
create the interiors - Dordoni Architetti, Jeffrey Beers International, Partner
Ship Design and Rockwell Group – under the guidance of creative director Adam
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