Venice - The Regional Administrative Court of Veneto rejected the appeal filed by the Port Authority of Venice (now the Authority of the Northern Adriatic Sea Port System) against Duferco Sviluppo, Duferco Engineering and DP Consulting. The appeal sought the annulment of a ‘positive opinion with provisions’ issued on November 25, 2016 by the Ministry of the Environment’s VIA Technical Commission regarding the ‘Venis Cruise 2.0’ project. The project, which was presented by the three companies in 2014, provides for the construction of a new cruise terminal at Bocca di Lido, from where passengers would then board smaller vessels and be taken to the Venice Maritime Station. Duferco and DP Consulting’s project was the result of attempts to overcome restrictions imposed on cruise traffic in Venice by the 2012 Clini-Passera decree, which resulted in the prohibition of cruise ships of more than 40,000 GRT from entering the San Marco Basin, by creating a mooring stage that means large cruise ships wouldn’t need to enter the Venice Lagoon. According to estimates, the project would require €127.4 million in investment to upgrade the area and construct a terminal capable of simultaneously accommodating five large cruise ships and three smaller ships, and the capacity to handle two million passengers per year.