Today marked the official start of construction to double the capacity of the Savona Palacrociere with a second passenger terminal at Savona, Italy. The design was approved and June 1 the Savona Port Authority granted Costa Cruises a concession on the site where it will build the new facility with an investment of approximately $11.2 million.
Construction is expected to take about 15 months and the new satellite terminal is expected to open for business in September 2013, in time for the peak cruise season in Savona.
The second terminal will cover a total area of 3500 square meters (10,500 square feet). It will be a satellite terminal, functionally connected to the existing Palacrociere, but able to operate as a free-standing facility with its own waiting, transit and baggage-handling areas.
The presence of Costa’s ships generates a significant economic impact for the region. According to a study conducted by MIP, the Milan Polytechnic Business School, Costa Cruises generated more than 5.5 million euros (US$6.8 million) of direct economic impact in the Port of Savona in 2010 and almost 230 million euros (US$286.2 million) in Liguria as a whole, largely for work on the ships in Costa’s fleet.
The purpose-built Palacrociere opened in 2003 and is operated directly by Costa Cruises.
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