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Fincantieri Yachts

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  1. Fincantieri Yachts

    Fincantieri has developed a long tradition in designing and building ships. Two hundred years of history marked by the construction of over 7,000 ships which, from Alaska to the Caribbean, have taken, and continue to take, the image of Italian industry out into the world.

    The Cosulich brothers founded the shipyard in 1907. The first Constitutive General Assembly dates back to April 3, 1908. Working in conjunction with industries in Trieste, Venice and Pola, at this time it constituted a cutting-edge naval and mechanical construction center producing engines, electrical machinery and even aircraft.

    Initially, the shipyard was set up to build merchant ships, and in the pre-war years the workforce totaled over 12,000. The yard then also started building naval vessels and had a production line for submarines which, following the delivery of the "Gazzana Priarogia" and the "Primo Longobardo", was transferred to Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard in the 1990s. During the First World War the yard was seriously damaged but then production recommenced, especially of submarines, tankers, cargo ships and general purpose ships. Management by the Cosulich family continued smoothly until 1933, when the shipyard was taken over by IRI (Institute for Industrial Reconstruction). Nevertheless, the new owners had full confidence in the Cosulich family who stayed at the helm of the shipyard until 1949, when Augusto Cosulich died. The yard is now managed by the Cruise Ship Business Unit.

    Experience, backed by technological resources has enabled the company to come up with highly successful designs at the cutting edge of the industry, from the glorious "Rex" which in her crossing of the Atlantic in 1933 won the "Blue Ribbon", and more recently the "Destriero”, another record-breaking vessel which also won the "Blue Ribbon" in 1992 by crossing the Atlantic at the incredible average speed of 53 knots. Nor should we forget the "SSCV 7000" which is still today the largest semi-submersible platform ever built, with cranes capable of lifting up to 14,000 tons, and the "Grand Princess“, which, when launched, was the largest passenger ship in the world.

    Fincantieri is today one of the largest and most diversified shipbuilding groups in Europe and in the world. The Company designs, builds and markets cruise ships, including all kinds of ferries, surface combatants, auxiliary ships, submarines, and now super yachts. The work done by Fincantieri has been rewarded by the market, which has recognized the company's world leadership in the fields of passenger ships and cruise ferries. With ship design departments in Genoa and Trieste (the latter the largest in Europe) and eight shipyards situated in different regions of Italy, Fincantieri is one of the most important, wide-ranging shipbuilding complexes in Europe.

    The shipyard comprises over 750,000 square meters (205,000 covered), which is Fincantieri's largest shipyard. The yard has a basin of 350 x 56 meters, with 2 cranes of 400 tons each and 1260 meters of wharfs. The yard currently employs a workforce of 1930: 1478 blue-collar workers, 437 administrative staff, 8 managers and 7 directors.

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