Venice - 39 motorboats with overpowered engines have been seized in Venice during an operation carried out by the Harbourmaster’s Office and co-ordinated by the Venetian prosecutor’s office. At issue are boats being used by small unscheduled taxi services, which as part of their license are required to use engines beneath a certain threshold (generally 150 horsepower). This news from an operation by the Coast Guard, not yet confirmed by official sources, emerged yesterday. Today the Harbourmaster’s Office provided the first official information about the investigation, which, however, is on-going with new inquiries.
The investigation started - the Coast Guard explained - amid suspicions about the performance achieved by certain motorboats in the Lagoon, and then proceeded with a more in-depth analysis of the characteristics of their engines. With a long research project several companies operating in the maritime and naval engine distribution sector were identified, for engines imported and distributed in the Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and they were found to have certifications whose technical data was not reliable, according to the parameters analysed by the Coast Guard’s investigative pool. The military have turned to experts in motor electronics, to resolve the issue.