Dredging operations are underway in Port Savona (Italy) to increase the depth across Palacrociere terminal's navigation channels to allow access to even the world's biggest vessels.
The planned works aim to ensure direct/easy access in full safety on the part of the ultra-large cruise ships across the navigation channels (the draft is set to increase to up to -10 m/33 ft).
The sediment/debris is disposed of in Alti Fondali Bulk Terminal featuring a 40,000 m2 (430,556 ft2) surface area and a depth of 30 m (98 ft). With an average daily capacity of ~600 m3 of excavated material and ~14500 m3 of sand to be removed, dredging operations are expected to be completed by mid-April 2023.
The project forms part of a wide-ranging plan to improve maritime accessibility on the part of the ultra-large cruise ships to both the Ports of Savona/Genoa.