Venis Cruise is the name of the project chosen by the promoters Duferco and DP Consulting for the construction of the new Cruise Terminal at Bocca di Lido, in Venice, while Duferco Engineering developed the whole project completely.
Project objectives: ensure a secure future to the cruise business respecting the uniqueness of Venice and its Lagoon and minimising the environmental impact.
The project represents a solution capable of combine safety and environmental maintaining cruises in Venice as homeport (terminal). Venis Cruise project relocates the passenger terminal outside the Lagoon and outside the Mo.S.E. gates, providing mooring for 4 homeport cruise ships.
Six innovative eco-friendly motor vessels will transfer passengers from the New Terminal to the Venice Maritime Station, which will remain fully in service. The motor vessels are designed with a catamaran hull to minimise wave creation and with cycloidal propellers to eliminate turbulence on sea bed. Electric propulsion on batteries ensures silent navigation with zero emissions in the most sensitive areas: St. Marco and Giudecca channels.
Venis Cruise is the only project which obtained a Positive Opinion from the Environmental Impact Assessment Technical Commission of the Ministry of the Environment.
Main characteristics of the project are the following:
Compatible with the historic uniqueness of Venice and the world of cruise ship excursions.
Minimal environmental impact on the Lagoon.
Fully independent from the Mo.S.E. (MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico, Experimental Electromechanical Module)
Keeping of all actual jobs in the cruise line industry and creation of new employment.
Increased safety threshold due to very good nautical accessibility.
Development of cruise ship business ensured.
Primacy of Venice as Terminal HomePort confirmed.
Functional, energy saving and logistical innovative passenger terminal.
Emergency connection to the mainland.
A characteristics side of the Venis Cruise project is the to offer to the passengers of a “cruise within a cruise” while admiring Venice and the beauty of its Lagoon from a silent and environmentally friendly motor vessel.
Some consequent troubles in logistics should not be traded for navigational safety and environmental disruption: safety and environment are not negotiable.