Miami 12th March 2012
The shipwreck of Costa Concordia will not seriously affect Italian cruises in
2012, according to the usual report that Genoa-based Cemar Agency Network makes
known every year at the Miami Cruise Shipping Conference.
In 2012 cruises in
Italy will involve 47 shipping companies, 148 ships, and 66 ports in high season
with a daily throughput of 75,000 passengers. The overall yearly throughput is
expected to be 10,748,000 passengers (-0.76% over 2011) with 4,891 calls at
Italian ports (-5.59%), just a slight decrease when compared with the 17% growth
trend during the last years and taking into account the accidents recently
occurred and the ongoing global economic crisis.
“The cruise market confirms
to be a steady one, despite the economic trend and the accidents. We
double-checked the data and made a first analysis of the 2013 season, which
allows us to forecast that growth will be soon back, mainly thanks to the new
vessels scheduled for delivery” comments Cemar’s chairman Sergio Senesi.
to port ranking, Civitavecchia (Rome) is again the leader with 2,420,000
passengers, before Venice (1,798,000) and Naples (1,207,000). These ports make
for 50% of the overall Italian throughput and are followed by Leghorn (for the
first time over 1 million passengers), Savona, Genoa, Bari, Messina, Palermo,
Catania, Salerno, Olbia, and Cagliari.
“However, Italian ports will have to
counter foreign competition by improving the price/quality ratio of their
services, in order to avoid that the slow decrease in calls by shipping
companies managing 100 to 300 passengers ships (like Star Clippers, Windstar,
Seabourn, and Sea Dream), which prefer other destinations, becomes a widespread
drift” warns Senesi.
The challenge is thus to prove Italian ports are
technically and operatively sound. “This is why we’re asking them to start
planning calls on the grounds of their actual means, providing more effective
tools for booking berths, not a difficult task with today’s technologies. This
way they could overcome the quays’ structural limitations and give higher
quality onshore services. We must also sorrily remark that almost all Italian
ports do not still provide a differentiated management of waste, although
present-day passengers cruisers are perfectly equipped for and do it. This
entails heavy costs, as the ships can pay up to 200 euros per tonne for the
disposal of glass, wood, cardboard, and aluminium” concludes Senesi
Research based on data by CEMAR - Sergio Senesi
CEMAR AGENCY NETWORK cruising department is active in the business for over 29 years. Born as a company dedicated
to providing services for large yachts, Cemar is now specialized in cruise ships and represents some of the main shipping
companies of the world in Italy.