The Italian Tirrenia who owns the Shipping company SIREMAR has serious economic problems and plans to close SIREMAR and all business related to it. SIREMAR takes care of the ship connection between the Aeolian Islands, Sicily and Naples. SIREMAR is in fact the only company that provides a connection between Naples and the Islands, which means among others transport of merchandise and during summer time, tourist related transports. With SIREMAR leaving the only ship connection will be with Milazzo with another company called NGI. This will make it necessary for the merchandise to travel from the north all the way south to Milazzo to get to the Islands. For all islands and especially distant islands like Stromboli, this will imply a big cost raises. It is already difficult to reach the islands, because of lack of cooperation between the shipping companies, because of bad timetable planning and during spring, autumn and winter season, bad weather conditions. The islands also suffer because of high living costs and a tourism that is either missing or looking for other destinations. Without good ship connections, the islands will be isolated and get into a severe crisis.
This is the reason why all shops were closed yeasterday in a general strike and a SIREMAR ship, the Laurana is occupied by the Aeolian citizens since it arrived yesterday morning. Yesterday and today the municipality of Lipari is having their meetings on the ship, car deck. Look at the photos. Yesterday evening 46 million euro were promised by the government in Rome but this will probably not be enough for 2009, at least not if the islands wants to keep a good ship like Laurana.
I found this text on the Laurana ship entry. I think it is a good way to describe the Aeolian Island citizens feeling about this crisis.
ALLE EOLIE NON NEVICA
no, ci dispiace, ma alle Eolie non nevica,
non facciamo notizie.
che importa se in 1500 abbiamo occupato
la nave della Siremar Laurana, che collega(va)
Lipari a Napoli?
che importa se la teniamo occupata da 24
e non ci muoviamo?
che importa se, finalmente uniti,
combattiamo per difendere i nostri DIRITTI
ELEMENTARI di cittadini italiani?
che importa se il governo ci ha risposto con
le ennesime promesse vaghe??
che importa se i nostri signori turisti e
visitatori e frequentatori d’ora in poi avranno
“un mare” di problemi per raggiungerci???
che importa se quest’estate, causa anche
crisi dei trasporti verranno a mancare circa
300 posti di lavoro (stima “a braccio”)??
il vero problema é che qui non nevica, non
facciamo notizia e nessuno parla di noi..
non ci resta che sperare che qualcuno ci
IT DOESN’T SNOW AT THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS
no, sorry, but at the Aeolians islands it doesn’t snow,
we do not make news.
what matters if 1500 of us occupied
the Siremar ship Laurana, that connect(take us)
from Lipari to Neaple?
what matters if we occupy the ship since 24 hours
and we won’t leave it?
what matters if we, finally together,
fight to defend our BASIC
RIGHTS as Italian citizens?
what matters if the government answers with
usual and vague promises??
what matters if the tourists,
visitors and frequent visitors from now on will have
“a sea” of problems to visit us??
what matters if this summer, because of
the transport crisis, there will be about
300 people without work (approximate number)??
the real problem is that, it doesn’t snow here, we
do not make news and nobody talks about us…
we just have to hope that someone will
throw a bomb on us……