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Can one visit the Port of Venice?
As part of the "Open Port" initiative, the Port of Venice organises guided tours to the Commercial Port of Porto Marghera and to the Leisure Port in the Marittima.
Do the large ships transiting through the Giudecca Channel damage the buildings in Venice?
The many studies on the wave motion caused by large ships as they cross the Giudecca Channel show that the delicate structures of Venice's buildings and embankments are not endangered.
Assessments show that the transit of large ships does not exacerbate the existing wave motion caused by ordinary traffic (motorboats, public transport and other boats).
How is the Port of Venice connected to the major transport networks?
The Port of Venice is favourably located at the intersection of the main European corridors (Corridor V, Corridor I and the Adriatic Baltic Corridor), and provides easy access to the European road and railroad networks. It is also the terminal of the Motorways of the Seas (MoS) in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Further information is available in the section "How to access the port".
How many passengers did the Port of Venice manage in 2009?
As the major home port in the Mediterranean, in 2009 the Port of Venice hosted 1,900,000 passengers.
Is it true that in the future ferries will no longer access the port through the Giudecca Channel?
Yes, it is true. Once the new Motorways of the Seas terminal is up and running, the ferries to Greece will no longer access the port through the Giudecca Channel and will pass through the Malamocco Marghera Channel. This will mean 400 less ships a year in the Giudecca Channel and 500 less trucks a day on the Ponte della Libertà, the bridge connecting Venice and its mainland.
Is it true that in the future oil-tankers will be banned from entering the lagoon?
Once the offshore terminal project has been completed, oil-tankers will no longer need to enter Marghera. They will be berthed in the off-shore terminal and the petrol will be brought ashore through an oil pipeline.
Is Venice a sustainable Port?
The Port of Venice is committed to safeguarding the Venice lagoon as it acknowledges its natural and environmental value.
In all its operations, the Port of Venice acts to safeguard the city's air, water, soil and city.
For further information see the section "The Green Port".
What are the figures for the Port's operations?
Each month, the Port of Venice publishes the figures for its operations in that month in the section "Some figures".
What are the main characteristics of the Port of Venice?
The Port of Venice is located on an area of 20,450,000 sqm.
It has 30,000 m of quayside and 163 active berths
The Port has 27 terminals.
There are 205 km of internal railroad located inside the port.
What major development projects are in the pipeline in the Port of Venice?
Over the next years, the Port of Venice expects to complete a range of different projects. Major projects include:
- the Motorways of the Seas Terminal;
- the new Container Terminal;
- the new access to Venice, that will include a shopping centre/office building with annexed park and garage;
- the offshore platform to keep petrol tankers out of the lagoon.
Further information on this topic is available under the section Development projects.
What type of traffic does the Port of Venice handle mostly?
The Port of Venice handles a little less than 400,000 TEUs yearly, making it one of the main container port in the Adriatic.
It also ranks amongst the major European ports for project cargo.
The Port of Venice also specialises in general cargo and ranks third in Europe in this line of business.
Where can I obtain the forms to request access to the port?
The forms to request a permit (vehicles and persons, daily or yearly) to access the port are available to download in the section "Forms, calls and tenders, documents" in the Port of Venice website.