Sicilian Port Authorities at Seatrade Miami 2003 showing their excellent performance and
The Sicilian Port Authorities of Palermo Catania and Messina are present at Seatrade
Cruise Shipping Conference
2003 in Miami , renewing the brilliant initiative experienced in 2001 at
Seatrade in Miami and in 2002 at Seatrade in Genova and at Cruise & Ferry
Conference in London of a join participation.
In 2003 the synergistic participation of the three Sicilian Port Authorities is helped and strengthened
through the unprecedented attendance of the Regione Siciliana – Council for
Tourism, Communication and Transport, which provides a substantial support to
allow a thorough presence of the whole island with its top institutions.
During the 2002 the three main ports of the charming Sicily island, in the South of Italy, have reported record results in terms of
cruise traffic. With over 428,081 passengers, for 424 ship calls, the three
Sicilian ports registered + 10% increase on 2001.
outstanding customers were the companies Costa Crociere, Festival Cruise,
Thompson, MSC, Cunard, Holland American Lines, Peter Deilman Cruise, Louis
Cruise Line, and the ships Costa Victoria, Costa Tropicale, Bolero, Mistral,
Topaz, Melody, Noordam, Constellation, Sea Cloud and Berlin.
The Port Authority has completed an investment of about 1 million Euro to upgrade
the cruise terminal located on Molo Vittorio Veneto pier by realising an
automated handling system for the baggage, modelled on those used in the
international airports remarkably speeding up embarkation and disembarkation phases; at present a project to build a second
mobile gangway is under planning.
outstanding customers were the companies NCL, Cunard, P&O, Royal Caribbean
Cruise Line and the ships Norway, Queen Elizabeth 2, Oriana, Legend of the Seas.
Founded by the Greek colonists some centuries B.C., the
city of Messina has large remains of the Norman and Catalan domination. Messina is located on the Straits that
from the Continent. Not far from the city is the port of Milazzo, from where
daily excursions to the unique archipelago of the Eolian islands can be
Other interesting things to be visited around are the
Greek town of Tindari, with Roman rests too, and the archaelogical site of
Giardini Naxos, that is also a famous beach resort.
outstanding customers were the companies Costa Crociere, Nouvelle
Frontieres, Arkona Cruises, Aida Cruises and Peter Deilmann and the ships Costa
Riviera, Costa Allegra, Aida, Palmira and Albatros.
The Port Authority is currently engaged in an
expansion project that foresees a new structure to welcome passengers as well as
to enlarge the 280-m long wharf so to accommodate two long cruise vessels