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Blue Flag Agreement

In particular, the agreement (which will remain in force until 31 December) focuses on three main aspects: 1) fuel quality: the sulphur content of marine fuels may remain below 0.1%; (2) Machinery operating on board ships shall reduce emissions of harmful gases. 3) Surveillance activities: All shipping companies have undertaken to regularly communicate to the Venice authorities the respect of the controls of the masters of the port of Venice to publish the associated material on public sites. 

Following the first agreement on the Venice Blue Flag, signed in 2007, which provided for the use of special and environmentally friendly fuels during docking, the new agreement with the international association CLIA Europe, which represents major cruise lines, and with strong support from Mayor Orsoni, provides for the use of “zero impact” fuel to enter the lagoon. In 2019, Sail Training International signed a new partnership agreement with FEE and developed a new set together. criteria. Cruise ships are committed to taking the strictest measures to reduce air pollution when entering the Venice Lagoon in Italy. The agreement, known as the “Venice Blue Flag II”, obliges cruise lines to operate the main and auxiliary engines of their ships carrying marine fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 0.1% (lower than EU directives, which recently set limits of 0.5%), immediately after passing through the entrance to the port of Lido and crossing the lagoon`s maritime canals. On April 3, the ports of Venice, Chioggia, the Port Authority of Venice signed an agreement with 38 companies that sets out a number of rules to mitigate the impact of port activities. We are always striving to improve the Blue Flag programme and its positive effects on the environment. If you have any suggestions to improve the scheme, please send them to: blue.flag@sailtraininginternational.org.

22. April: “Blue Flag of Venice” was renewed today! The voluntary agreement was signed jointly by the Port Authority of Venice, the Captain of the Port of Venice, the Municipality of Venice and the cruise lines. The subscription to this agreement, renewed every year since 2007, confirms Venice as the greenest port in the Mediterranean. “An important step forward: The establishment of a `green zone` that extends to the entire lagoon is a fundamental, essential aspect of the process of dealing with the problem of large cruise ships in Venice.” In these terms, the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, welcomes the voluntary agreement between cruise lines on the use of green fuel when passing through the lagoon port. . . .

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