Tourist shuttles and moto ondoso in the lagoon: Norwegian Cruise’s experiment becomes a national case

Tourist boats from Punta Sabbioni, now with the addition of shuttles full of cruise ship passengers. Pellicani (PD) to the Minister of Infratructure: “It’s unsustainable” By Eugenio Pendolini 27 July 2022 VENEZIA. The future of the port and the flow of tourists is at stake, but not only. After the arrival of the Norwegian Gem … More Tourist shuttles and moto ondoso in the lagoon: Norwegian Cruise’s experiment becomes a national case

The Nightmare of Taking a Vaporetto

Poor service, overcrowding, insufficient staff. Alberto Cancian, a long-time pilot for the Venetian transportation company ACTV gives an insider’s account of a badly deteriorated situation. By Barbara Marengo 6 June 2022 [Ed. Note: I am publishing this article in the wake of ACTV’s recent announcement that it was increasing fees for tourists from 7.50 euro … More The Nightmare of Taking a Vaporetto

Crackdown on waves from taxi and boat traffic planned in Venice

The Committee for Public Order announces steps to combat motorboat waves (moto ondoso): more patrols, greater controls on weekends, tighter and more thorough checks of stopped boats, telelasers 8 June 2022 By Carlo Mion VENEZIA. The Provincial Committee for Public Order and Safety plans a crackdown on moto ondoso. At least that is the hope. … More Crackdown on waves from taxi and boat traffic planned in Venice

Boating Associations Protest against Boat Waves in Venice

The protest was organized by sailing and rowing associations that are calling for regulations to protect the buildings and avoid navigation risks for small boats. 18 November 2021 VENICE. On Saturday morning, November 19 there will be a demonstration in Venice against the waves from motor boats, a significant problem for the buildings and for … More Boating Associations Protest against Boat Waves in Venice

Venice: collapsing banks and damaged Istrian stone. The hidden injuries of the città d’acqua

Survey by volunteers rowing the canals: “Intervention is urgent”. The damage caused by motorboat waves is visible now due to the lack of traffic. 14 May 2020 By Alberto Vitucci VENICE. Widespread decay. Banks falling into pieces, scarred Istrian stone, and missing bricks. There are chasms opening under water, threatening the foundations of homes and … More Venice: collapsing banks and damaged Istrian stone. The hidden injuries of the città d’acqua

Motorboat waves, collapses and damage – parts of Riva Schiavoni cordoned off

The area where the Gran Turismo launches dock shows clear signs of damage: broken Istrian stone and sinking masegni. “Who will pay for the damage caused by the traffic?” By Alberto Vitucci 10 January 2019 The photograph, sent in by a reader, is worth more than a thousand words. It documents the serious deterioration of … More Motorboat waves, collapses and damage – parts of Riva Schiavoni cordoned off

Five years after the Vogel tragedy, a daily nightmare on the Canal Grande

The situation is still on the verge of collapse: since 2013 new taxi licenses have been released and boat traffic has increased. By Alberto Vitucci VENEZIA. Five years after the tragedy the situation is still at high risk. On 17 August 2013 German criminologist Joachim Vogel died on the Canal Grande. It was an absurd … More Five years after the Vogel tragedy, a daily nightmare on the Canal Grande

Zero Waves only at San Marco, but in the lagoon there is an emergency

In the Bacino the patrols are working, but traffic has surpassed all limits. Dangerous motorboat waves at Sant’Elena, the Tessera canal and Fondamente Nuove. By Alberto Vitucci VENICE. The Bacino di San Marco is quiet, as a result of the “Zero Wave” policy. A patrol of officers on board an ACTV motorboat invites drivers to … More Zero Waves only at San Marco, but in the lagoon there is an emergency

Motor Boat traffic at record levels, alarm in Venice

Motorboat taxis everywhere and minimal controls. Even the boat operators are complaining, and are requesting the Mayor’s intervention. By Alberto Vitucci, 8 July 2017 Motorboat traffic emergency. And the Canal Grande reduced to a highway. With taxis at high speed that run around everywhere. It is these same operators who are now sounding the alarm. … More Motor Boat traffic at record levels, alarm in Venice

Complaint to Port Authority: Water traffic at San Marco is an “emergency”

Venice and water traffic, operators say: “Accidents are around the corner” Time out: for extreme problems, extreme remedies.  This latter comes from the complaint sent to the Port Authority, so that it might intervene and bring “order” to the unsustainable water traffic at Venice, that threatens likely accidents, if provisions are not made for its … More Complaint to Port Authority: Water traffic at San Marco is an “emergency”