Pino Musolino, Chairman and CEO of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, has sent an open letter to Presidents and CEOs of all the cruise companies calling the port of Venice suggesting that the cruise companies set up a fund to support Venice and its lagoon following the recent exceptionally high tide events.

“As public administration in charge of governing the most important economic sector of the whole area (the port of Venice hires more than 19.000 workers, 4.500 of which in the cruise sector) we want to support our people, telling them that they can rely on us, and that all together we will overcome this tragedy” Mr Musolino writes in his letter. Then he continues, “It would be a great and positive message from you (shipping companies ed.) and from the whole cruise industry to raise a fund to sustain the city and its people. It would represent a tangible sign of your understanding and of your closeness to the city, a sign that could build rapport between the Cruise industry and the community of Venice and Venetians”.