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Naples has 1 Million Cruise passengers in its sights

Elizanessie

Deckhand
Naples has one million cruise pax in its sights The port of Naples, host of 2006 Seatrade Med, may break through the one million cruise passenger barrier this year with over 615 cruise ships calling all year-round.
Under the leadership of president Francesco Nerli, the Port Authority has worked hard in the past couple of years to re-organise cruise activities in Naples including setting up Terminal Napoli in 2004 to manage the Molo Angioino passenger terminal at the southern Italian port. Shareholders include MSC Cruises and Marinvest (two companies controlled by Gianluigi Aponte), Costa, and RCCL, Terminal Trade, Intership and the Port Authority.

Between 2000 and 2005 cruise passengers visitng Naples increased 104.6%, whilst the number of cruiseships grew by 43%. ‘We were expecting 950,000 passsengers this year, but we may even break the one million barrier,’ Niccola Coccia, president of Terminal Napoli, told Seatrade Insider this week in Naples. More passengers and ships are expected in 2007 with the arrival of Disney Magic and bigger ships for MSC and Costa, he added.

In 2005, Naples recorded a 7.4% jump in cruise passengers versus 2004 when a record 830,158 passed through the port. Adding ferry traffic to the mix Naples handled more than 9.2m passengers in 2005.

The Molo Angioino Cruise Terminal (Maritime Station) where the 2006 Seatrade Med will be held on October 18-20, has seven berths with 1,100mtr available for cruise ships with depth alongside up to 11mtr. On very busy days cruiseships can also be handled at other commercial berths owned by the Port Authority.

The inside of the terminal building is currently undergoing renovation, including the creation of a new congress centre which will be completed in time to host the Seatrade Med conference. To find out more details about the Conference and confirmed speakers so far, visit http://www.seatrademed.com/Conference/conference_intro.html.

Work on the second phase, a 6,200sq mtr commercial area including shops, restaurants, and bars to serve both cruise passengers and the city’s population, has just began.

Source: Seatrade
 
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