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Ships of more than 96,000 tonnes outlawed

Venice is putting a limit on the number of cruise ships passing through the city. From 2014, it will reduce the number of vessels by 20% and ships of more than 96,000 tonnes will be banned from the lagoon by November 2014.

The news was announced after a meeting between Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Venice Mayor Giorgio Orsoni and local politicians, the BBC reported.

“Finally the trend towards gigantic ships in the lagoon has been turned around,” the mayor 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.”

Worry about the risks posed by cruise vessels in sensitive Italian waters was heightened by the Costa Concordia disaster in 2012.

TTG Digital

[pictured: San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice]

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