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Call for action after cruise ship scare in Venice

Call for action after cruise ship scare in Venice | La Gazzetta Di Lella - News From Italy - Italiaans Nieuws | Scoop.it

An Italian minister called for limits on travel of cruise ships after an alleged close call of a ship passing through a Venice, Italy, lagoon.

Witnesses reported Saturday the 100,000-ton cruise chip Carnival Sunshine passed within 20 meters (65 feet) of the Riva dei Setti Martiri waterfront, near Venice's St. Mark's Square.

The incident stirred fears of the ship running aground and reminded local residents of the Costa Concordia crash, off the coast of Tuscany in 2012 that killed 32 people, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday.

"After the tragedy of the Concordia, there is still a safety risk tied to the passage of large ships. Especially in Venice, there is an intolerable risk percentage. The government must apply [changes] immediately," said Andrea Marcucci, head of the Senate committee on art and culture.

Carnival issued a statement denying any safety violations or deviations from protocol, and the Venice port authority said testimony from crew members of tugboats indicated the same, saying the ship never came within 70 meters (229 feet) of the bank.


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Venice and The Acqua Alta Season

Venice and The Acqua Alta Season | La Gazzetta Di Lella - News From Italy - Italiaans Nieuws | Scoop.it

Venice has been hit once again by "Acqua Alta", high waters flooding the city mainly between October and February every year.

Today it was about 120cm, which means that about 29% of the city was flooded. Venetians are used to it and are normally alerted when the tide is going to be +110cm with acoustic signals or an sms service they have subscribed to.

If you are not in a hurry you can just wait a few hours to allow the water to go back down. The water rises and goes back down in 6 hour cycles, which means, that every 6 hours a flood in Venice could occur if the water would rise over the mareographic zero. 5% of the city gets flooded if the tide is +100cm, but this normally happens only in fall and winter and of course not every day.

If you want to experience live "Acqua Alta" you can just take your shoes off and roll up your pants and walk over flooded St. Mark's Square. Another option is to buy the typical Venetian boots for $15-$20 and walk around.

The city of Venice is well organized and will set up walk ways for those who are not prepared and if you are going to Venice tomorrow 28th October to participate or watch the 27th Edition of the Venice Marathon take your boots along as "Acqua Alta" will be more than +120cm again!

If you wish more information on "Acqua Alta" click here http://bit.ly/VQJcMB and if you want to see more pictures click here http://bit.ly/PxYtzu


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