Consultant Halcrow has been appointed by Venice Port Authority to carry out a feasibility study for a new £1.1bn offshore deep water terminal outside Venice Lagoon.
As part of the ambitious plan, a new platform will be positioned eight nautical miles, about 14km, from the mainland where the sea bed has a natural depth of 20m.
The Port of Venice is part of the new Northern Adriatic multiport system, created to play a greater role in handling more Europe-Asia and Europe-Mediterranean cargo flows over the next 10 years.
The development of a new offshore terminal will provide a consolidated port base in the Mediterranean and attract shipping coming from the Suez Canal.
The port will be equipped to receive oil tankers as well as providing space for future expansion into other categories of goods, such as solid bulk cargo coming in on capsize vessels.
A 3.5km long outer breakwater will protect the terminal in all weather. The port will also act as a “refuge berth” when barriers for Venice’s under-construction MOSE anti-flood system are closed.