La Spezia is a major port city on Ligurian Sea and in Liguria region (northern Italy). By population (around 95,000), the city is ranked Liguria's 2nd largest - after Genoa. Located midway between Pisa and Genoa, La Spezia is one of Italy's principal commercial and military harbors (hosting naval base, Italian Navy's arsenal, navigation school).
The city is also one of the gateways to Cinque Terre (Italian Riviera) interlinked via regularly scheduled ships and trains. Maritime industries include commercial port (cargo and passengers), shipyards, machinery production, refined petroleum.
Fincantieri (one of world's largest shipbuilding companies) owns the merchant shipbuilding yards Monfalcone (Trieste), Marghera (Venice), Sestri Ponente (Genoa), Ancona, Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) and Palermo (Sicily). The company also owns the naval shipyards Riva Trigoso (Genoa) and Muggiano (La Spezia).
Port La Spezia
Port La Spezia was established in late-19th century and is now one of Mediterranean's largest seaports, particularly by containerized cargo volumes. The port is a natural harbour inside a bay protected by a 2,2 km long breakwater.
The port has total quay length 5,1 km (3,2 ml). The reported for FY2014 volumes were 15,7 million tons of cargo and 483,564 passengers.
- Vado Ligure is a multipurpose terminal with capacity to serve world's largest cargo vessels.
- Calata Bettolo container terminal was expanded and reconstructed into multifunctional facility with capacity to handle world's largest boxships via long docks, large warehouses, bunkering.
- Container terminal's Ronco and Canepa piers were expanded by creating a new platform (with berths) and dredging the seabed to allow docking for bigger container ships.
- A port expansion project resulted in a 3rd port basin, building a new quay and connection between terminals Contship and Tarros. The project included reorganization of both yacht marinas (Canaletto and Fossamastra), which were moved to Pagliari quay (partly relocated to Mirabello).
- The cruise berth Garibaldi Pier was upgraded and expanded by restructuring of its western part.
In 2017, the cruise port handled 153 ship calls and around 520,000 passengers. The list of new (fisrt-time) ships in included Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), MSC Orchestra (MSC), Britannia (P&O UK), Queen Victoria (Cunard) and Silver Muse (Silversea).
La Spezia cruise terminal
In late-2015 was inaugurated the new cruise terminal "Golfo dei Poeti" (Cinque Terre Cruise Terminal). Building's interior area is sized 1500 m2 (16150 ft2). The new terminal can handle passengers on transition and roundtrip itineraries, and has dedicated spaces for shipping operations and logistics.
La Spezia Port Authority is involved in a grand infrastructure development project for building a new urban waterfront complex, which also includes a new cruise terminal. Plans (designed by architect Tomas Llavador) are for 2 new ship berths (with lengths 393 m / 1289 ft, and 339 m / 1112 ft) and a new cruise terminal building.
In 2017 were upgraded Garibaldi Pier and port's turaround basin in order to handle world's largest passenger ship - Symphony of the Seas (LOA length 362 m, GT 228000 tons) scheduled for visit in 2018 (June 6).
La Spezia tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
The most popular shore excursions operated from La Spezia are to Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terre.
- Cruise Industry
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