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CRISIS MANAGEMENT The year of ‘If’ in Italy As Italians, our aim is to have a happy country, far from coronavirus and its stresses, that is open for boaters to explore 8,000km (5,000mi) of stunning coastline. Will our dreams come true? It’s all about ‘if’. Donatella Zucca reports If the curve of the epidemic makes it possible; if no serious mistakes are made; if good luck prevails, Italy will continue to offer up its coastline, its marinas and moorings in the heart of the Mediterranean. To drive the reopening, we need to breathe extra life into the nautical economy to supplement the helping hand it’s already received from ordinary people, entrepreneurs, and big names in luxury goods and in the megayacht sector where Italy is a world leader and where there are strong links with tourist ports. These harbours never completely closed, even during time of total lockdown, as the government recognised the need to protect the port heritage, ensure continuity of fishing as part of the food supply chain and support the role of the maritime police in the pandemic emergency. Irrespective of this, the country has moved with great caution in gradually reopening tourist ports – to prevent the dream from becoming a nightmare. Local customers have returned to Marina di Punta Ala in Tuscany and a good summer season is expected. Imposing rules The RINA Naval Register stepped up to the task by devising the Biosafety Trust Certification; the first management system certification aimed at the prevention and mitigation of spread of infections in public places. On 21 st May RINA hosted a webinar “The Marina di Genova in Liguria is starting to open services to customers. new normal after COVID-19: how the yachting sector can get ready?” to discuss the future impact on the industry and the challenges facing professionals. Stakeholders included regional authorities, associations, port networks and marinas but the playing field was far from level. Regions are subject to limits set out by Prime Ministerial Decree, which allow for businesses to diversify from the rules in order to specifically balance economics and health. For example, there is virtually no coronavirus impact in Umbria, Sardinia, Basilicata and Calabria. In Sicily, Abruzzo and Molise fewer than ten cases have been reported. Softer rules are thus being applied although governors of Sicily and, in particular, Sardinia are thinking about asking for a document that confirms negative virus symptoms for people coming from Lombardy and other areas in the north where there is/has been a higher infection rate. The government doesn’t, however, favour the request. “Contagion differs from region to region,” confirms Alfredo Malcarne, president of Assonautica Italiana. As of 3 rd June, there have been different rules for different territories. “The problem only affects some areas of Italy [and restrictions would have different results]. Here in Puglia, for example, lockdown would mean dying of hunger more than of COVID.” Since March, Assonautica Italiana’s free of charge legal department has responded to thousands of emails and provided useful help and suggestions. Furthermore, as Antonio Bufalari, member of Assonautica Italiana Technical Scientific Committee and Legal Counsel of the Marinedi Group, explains: “With the standards of the prime minister as a baseline, trade associations have acted on their own initiative to tailor appropriate action to port activities.” Matteo Italo Ratti, president of the Marine Consortium of Tuscany and CEO and director of Marina de Medici, adds: “The risk is to fall into areas of contradiction, as happened in Campania. The problem of opening and closing is linked to the overlapping of multiple activities.” www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2020 29

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