On Tuesday, work officially started to double
the capacity of the Savona Palacrociere thanks to the building of
a second passenger terminal.
The tender process for the project
was completed on 24 May 2012, with the winning contractor a
consortium led by Project Managers PDR Bianchi – De Rege S.p.A. of
Genoa and Aza-Aghito- Zambonini S.p.A. of Fiorenzuola.
The building site will operate for about 15
months and the new satellite terminal is expected to open its
doors for business at the beginning of September 2013, in time for
next year’s peak cruise season in Savona.
For safety reasons
the worksite will be fenced off from the existing cruise
terminal, while the tensile structure currently used whenever
three cruise ships are in port at the same time will be moved to a
location opposite the third quay.
The second terminal will
cover a total area of 3500 m2. It will be a satellite terminal,
functionally connected to the existing Palacrociere, so that it
can use its services, but also able to operate as a
free-standing facility with its own waiting, transit and baggage
handling areas. There will also be separate policing by the
various authorities (police, Guardia di Finanza and customs).
The professional firms behind the design of the new facility are
all Ligurian: Studio Vicini Architetti (architects Luigi Vicini
and Andrea Piazza), who also contributed to the designs of the
original Palacrociere and the Barcelona “Palacruceros”; Studio Tecnico Ingg. Montaldo e Canale; and C.V.D. Progetti Srl.
The presence of Costa’s ships generates an important economic
impact for the region. According to a study conducted by MIP, the Milan Polytechnic Business School, Costa Cruises generated
more than 5.5 million euros of direct economic impact in the Port
of Savona in 2010 and almost 230 million euros in Liguria as a
whole, the latter figure largely accounted for by work carried out on the ships in the fleet.
The purpose-built Palacrociere
opened at the end of 2003 and is run directly by Costa Cruises.
Conceived by the Catalan architect Ricardo Bofill, it was
specially designed to provide hospitality for cruise passengers. Thanks to its innovative
architecture the terminal is able to reduce waiting time to a
minimum, while combining comfort with security.
The Savona Palacrociere received from RINA (Italian
Shipping Register) the B.E.S.T. 4 (Business Excellence Sustainable
Task), which is an integrated voluntary scheme certifying
corporate compliance with the highest international standards in
the areas of Social Accountability, Environment, Safety and
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