Savona cruise port upgrade ready for West Med peak season

Costa Smeralda in Savona (December 2019, Costa Cruises)Dredging operations are underway in Savona to increase the depth across the Palacrociere cruise terminal navigation channels to cater for the arrival of the next generation ships.

The planned works have the objective to ensure direct and easy access in full safety on the part of the ultra-large cruise vessels across the navigation channels, with the draft set to increase to up to -10 metres.

The sediment and debris is disposed of in the Alti Fondali Bulk Terminal which features a 40,000-sqm surface area and a depth of 30 metres. With an average daily capacity of 600 cubic metres of excavated material and a total of 14,500 cubic metres of sand to be removed, dredging operations are scheduled to be completed by mid-April.

The project forms part of the wide-ranging plan to improve maritime accessibility on the part of the ultra-large ships to both the Ports of Savona and Genoa.

(Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority)