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Italian Officials Propose Ban on Cruise Ships Following Concordia Accident

January 18, 2012 By: Susan Young

In the latest development following the grounding of the Costa Concordia, several Italian officials are calling for an environmental protection ban to keep big cruise ships from sailing close to the scenic Italian coastline and from such sensitive environmental areas as Venice.

The officials include Italy’s Environment Minister, Corrado Clini, and three senators from the Italian Democratic Party. The senators want an emergency decree issued.

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It's interesting to note that Fincantieri, one of the world's top shipbuilding companies -- and a key economic engine for Italy's economy -- builds large cruise ships in the Venice area.  

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Susan Young
A veteran of 100-plus cruises, Susan J. Young, is senior contributing editor for cruises – covering ocean, river and niche cruises for Travel Agent and

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By Susan Young | January 18, 2012
Several Italian officials want to ban large cruise ships from traveling close to Italy's scenic coast and from such sensitive areas as marine parks and the Venetian lagoon.
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