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It’s official: Italy bans large ships from Venice

Italy has approved a cruise ship removal plan, that will limit the number of large vessels passing in the Venice lagoon.

Locals and the Italian government have been pushing for a ban on large ships in Venice after a series of deaths.

Commencing in November next year, the ban will be placed on ships exceeding 96,000 gross tonnes, The Telegraph reported.

They will be forbidden from sailing he canal between the mainland and the Giudecca island and near the city’s Saint Mark’s Square. From January next year, there will also be a limit to how many ships sail in front of Piazza San Marco, with a 20 percent cut on the number of ships weighing 40,000 tonnes or more permitted to cross the Giudecca canal.

Venice mayor Giorgio Orsoni said it was time the city turned away from the trend of large ships.

He said in a statement: “We’ve had enough of these mega cruise ships just metres away from San Marco, from now on there will be clear limits on the size of ships that can enter Venice.”

Concern for the safety of the region and its people was heightened after the Costa Concordia accident, which saw the ship sink after sailing too close to the Tuscan island, Giglio in 2012.

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