Venice Blue Flag 2016
April 22: “Venice Blue Flag”has been renewed today! The voluntary agreement was jointly subscribed by Venice Port Authority, Venice Harbour Master, Venice Municipality and Cruise Companies. The subscription of this agreement, renewed yearly since 2007, confirms Venice as the greenest Port in the Mediterranean Sea.
Thanks to the Venice Blue Flag, since their entering the Port of Venice by the Lido inlet and for their whole permanence in the Marittima Terminal cruise ships employ a lower sulfur fuel level (less than 0.1 %), much lower than what it’s required by EU and Italian regulations (the Italian law foresees a percentage of sulfur under 3.5% until 2020 and 0.5% from 2020).
According to the official certifications of the Regional Agency for the Environment protection (ARPAV), Venice Blue Flag allows a strong reduction of emissions.
The agreement is part of the “green” initiatives promoted by the Port of Venice, who's recognized for its innovative policies at a European level and that next October will be hosting the Green Port Conference.
Furthermore, the Port of Venice is making strong actions to promote the employment of LNG fuel, both in maritime and road transports.