The waterway system padano Venetian is made from west to east from:

  • Inland ports Cremona, Mantua, Rovigo, Boretto and Porto Nogaro (and more other public and private docks along the waterway).
  • The Po River and the waterway Mantova – Adriatic Sea, the two main rods connecting together the sea to the heart of the Po Valley, with a report east-west, where they are located inland ports.
  • The lagoon of Venice, waterway Po – Brondolo and Waterway Ferrarese, linking the major waterways seaports with a north-south trend.
  • The seaports of the North Adriatic as Ravenna, Chioggia, Venice, Trieste and Monfalcone.


The waterway network Padano Venetian defined by the Decree of the Ministry of Transport and Navigation n. 759 of 06/25/92, Provided by Law 380/90, has an area of ​​987.5 km (with an extension of 957 km, of which 564 can be used for commercial purposes) and includes the following waterways:

  • The Po river from Cremona to Porto Tolle: 275 km (at the mouth).
  • The first stretch of the canal MI-CR-PO (up to Pizzighettone): 14 km.
  • The river Mincio from Mantua to the Po (via Governolo): 20 km.
  • The Fissero Canal – Tartaro – Canalbianco – Po di Levante (Incile): 117 km.
  • The waterway Po – Brandolo – Laguna Veneta: 19 km.
  • Po di Levante: 19 km.
  • The Laguna Veneta (from Chioggia to Venice): 30 km.
  • The Waterway Ferrarese (Pontelagoscuro – Porto Garibaldi): 70 km.
  • The waterwayAussa-Horn: 4 km.The commercial harbour along the shaft of Po are: Cremona, Mantova, Quayside River Boretto, Rovigo, Revere and Ostiglia. Piacenza and Ferrara are included in regional programs. There are also several harbours and marinas, with a fair number of private docks for commercial use.

In the end we consider the following basins:

  • In order to highlight how the connection between the waterways of the Po Valley and the Aussa Corno is guaranteed. Not only by the presence of the Laguna Veneta, between from marine strip immediately overlooking the coastline, which is normatively classified like inland from the line. 16/2000. Another 37 km (from Cremona to Piacenza) may be added considering the new basin Isola Serafini, it will overcome the barrier of the hydroelectric . In addition, the waterway Cremona – Milan, Which now grows only up to Pizzighettone (14 km), will in future be an important extension of the waterway system, reaching up to Truccazzano, and being really useful this way for the industrial areas of the Milanese hinterland.
  • Isola Serafini (being designed and replaced);
  • Cremona;
  • Governolo and St. Leo;
  • Pontelagoscuro;
  • Volta Grimana;
  • 3 basins along the waterway Ferrara;
  • 5 basins along the canal Fissero Canalbianco Tartarus. Classification of shipsAnyway their belonging class is supposed to be clearly indicated.

The European Committee of Ministers of Transport has broken vessels in 7 major categories in the following table. From first to fifth category, boats continue to increase in size. From the fifth to the seventh category, the size of individual vessels is unchanged, but it is the same number and vessels are grouped in a different way, to form convoys of barges. The difference between the various classes is given at this point just by the width of the convoys, Composition 1 vessel (V), 2 vessels (VI) or 3 (VII). Subclasses provided (ex Va, Vb) refer instead to the length of the same trains, formed from one or more vessels. It isn’t forbidden the possibility to make vessels with different sizes considering those standards.