Venice bans cruise ships from historic port after horrific crash

Authorities in Venice have banned large cruise ships from entering one of the city's most historic and popular destinations.  

Starting September 1, ships weighing more than 1000 tonnes will be forced to berth at ports further away from the city centre at the Fusina and Lombardia terminals, rather than at the city's Giudecca canal.

The decision follows a spectacular crash involving 60,000 tonne cruise ship the MSC Opera, which was caught on video colliding with a smaller river cruise boat and the wharf at San Basilio-Zattere.

The city's historic buildings dwarfed by visiting cruise ships.
The city's historic buildings dwarfed by visiting cruise ships. Photo credit: Getty Images

Locals have said the move doesn't go far enough to preserve the city itself. Waves caused by the massive ships are eroding the underwater foundations of the city and overshadowing its historic buildings that can be dwarfed by the size of the cruise liners.

Venice is vulnerable to any change in water height as 'The Floating City' sits just above sea level.

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