Cruise Ship Accident in Venice /2: How Ships Damage the Lagoon and What Is Being Done. Expert Opinions

On 2 June 2019, a cruise ship accident happened in Venice: MSC Opera, paralized by a motor defect just after passing Piazza San Marco, was drifting helplessly for 500 meters, past the major symbol of our city, Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute. Two tug boats were able to delay the accident, pulling the 65-ton…

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Cruise Ship Accident in Venice, 02 June 2019: What Happened, the Background and the Future

On 2 June, a cruise ship accident happened in Venice. Immediately afterwards, the debate on the future of these giants ploughing the Lagoon was opened. In this post, we summarize what happened, share the suggestions discussed and the solution proposed by the major expert in the field of Lagoon engineering and hydraulics, Professor Luigi d’Alpaos…

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Climate Change in the Lagoon of Venice

When I last passed Fondamente Nove in a vaporetto, I noticed a group of pupils and their teachers at work on the stone barrier beneath, collecting garbage like rotting bottles and plastic bags, abandoned just where the path gets rather narrow just east of the Ospedale stop.

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Dossier: Acqua Alta in Venice, 29 October 2018: What Happened, And How Does The Lagoon Work

The first days of November are a thoughtful time in Venice every year, and even more so in 2018. Less than a week ago, an excessive high tide hit the Lagoon, and even now, acqua alta occurs on a daily basis. We received so many messages from our readers, also onĀ  social media, and would…

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Venice and the Moon – Acqua Alta: How to Predict and Avoid It

Last updated on 28 October 2018 Acqua alta doesn’t hit Venice as a surprise. There are simple “laws” that can help predict it, and in this post we are going to show them to you. As I’m updating this post (28 October 2018), it seems that Venice is threatened by a particularly heavy bout of…

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