Ponza’s new port will happen. Smaller, but it will be done

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Render Marina Cala dell'Acqua - Ponza
Render Marina Cala dell’Acqua – Ponza

The project to build a new marina on Ponza Island appears to have finally reached the approval stage. In the area of Cala dell’Acqua, Ponza’s northwest coast, a new marina with 279 berths to all services will be built. A port scaled down from the
original design presented seven years ago
(which envisioned more than 450 berths) that had met l0 stop by the Superintendent of Public Works. Now some improvements, including downsizing of the floating works and a system that uses wave power to produce energy, seem to have convinced local and regional institutions to start with the work.

The plan, developed by CNR andLa Sapienza University of Rome, aims to rehabilitate the former Samip area, formerly used for mining activities, in order to transform it into a modern marina. This initiative could revolutionize the industry, as the infrastructure is expected to be able to generate electricity through the wave motion of the sea, thus providing unprecedented energy self-sufficiency.

The Marina Cala dell’Acqua project was presented by the CNR together with La Sapienza University of Rome and will be carried out by a private company selected through a municipal tender. The location chosen for the new landing place is Cala dell’Acqua, on the northwestern coast of Ponza Island, near the village of Le Forna. This area, once the site of a bentonite mine until the 1970s, will be transformed into a modern, functional harbor and will be revived.

What will be the features of the Marina Cala dell’Acqua in Ponza.

Render Marina Cala dell'Acqua - Ponza - Wharf
Render Marina Cala dell’Acqua – Ponza – Wharf

The main features of the new harbor include the presence of 279 berths with piers, docks, fingers, and shoreline and dead-body line moorings. Permitted boats will have a maximum length of 50 meters and a maximum draft of 16 meters, taking advantage of the rocky seabed of the area inside the breakwater, which is particularly deep.

Although a similar project had been submitted in the past, some bureaucratic obstacles had stopped the work. However, this new proposal reduces the number of berths compared to the original design, demonstrating greater attention to sustainability and land use planning.

The construction of the port is planned under the Plan approved by the Regional Council, with the additional need for approval by the Ponza Municipality. It is estimated that work can begin within 15 months of final approval and should take about 30 months. The summer of 2028 is then being looked at as a possible opening season for the new port.

The institutions involved, includingLazio Regional Councillor Giancarlo Righini, confirmed that the project complies with regional sustainability guidelines and would represent an important opportunity for the tourism and economic development of the island of Ponza, one of the gems of the Mediterranean.

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