The authorities in Italy will halt operations of all ports on the island of Sicily during the G-7 summit in Taormina on May 26-27. The directive of the Ministry of Internal Affairs provides for a gradual decrease in the number of ships calling at the ports of Sicily, which should lead to the complete closure of the sea harbors from 22 to 28 May. The measures to border control and shipping in the territorial waters of the island will be tightened, which probably will affect merchant shipping. Also a lot of cruise lines will skip Sicily from their voyages, following the increasing security measures.
Earlier during the period from 10 to 30 May the local authorities restored border control at internal borders with the Schengen States in anticipation of the high of the meeting.
Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean Sea, south of the Italian Peninsula, from which it is separated by the narrow Strait of Messina. Sicily is served by several ferry routes and cargo ports, and in all major cities, cruise ships dock on a regular basis. Among the largest commercial and cargo ports are Augusta, which is is the 5th largest cargo port in Italy, as well as Palermo, Catania, Trapani, Pozzallo and Termini Imerese.