The signing took place between the Commander of the Italian Coast Guard, Admiral Inspector Nicola Carlone, and the Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono, the latter representing the two companies, Fincantieri and Cantiere Navale Vittoria, which will operate through a temporary grouping of enterprises.
The order, which concludes the tender procedure and has a value of approximately 80 million euros, provides for the construction of a multirole OPV and the related temporary support services for a duration of 5 years. There is also an option for the construction of a further 2 vessels.
The project combines the operational needs of the Italian Coast Guard with the experience gained with the ships “Dattilo” and “Diciotti”, delivered by Fincantieri in 2013 and 2014.
The new ship will be able to fulfill various Coast Guard missions, from rescue at sea to navigation safety, from the protection of the marine environment to that of fishing control as well as civil protection devices.
The new ship design will be used in long-range offshore missions, with an endurance of at least 20 days and a range exceeding 4,800 miles, in which it will be able to take on, thanks to the technologies and advanced communication and discovery systems present on board , also the command and control role for the coordination of air and naval assets in the areas of operation.
With a total length of about 85 meters, the ship will be characterized by excellent qualities in terms of seakeeping as well as high maneuverability, guaranteed by an azimuth-type electric propulsion system (two azipods) powered by an electrical generation plant and by two bow thrusters for dynamic positioning, which guarantee the environmental sustainability of the ship. The presence of a large working deck with off-shore cranes and a boarding ramp for rotated vehicles, together with the flight deck for the landing and take-off of helicopters, a dedicated rescue zone with RHIB, the anti-pollution systems (rec-oil), the hospital area and other equipment, favor the high versatility and the necessary multi-role capacity of the naval unit.
Commander of the Italian Coast Guard, Admiral Inspector Nicola Carlone said:
“The Coast Guard is growing in step with the development of Italian shipbuilding. A necessary development for an organization with a strong technological, professional and operational character that has come to establish itself as an excellence of our country, also recognized internationally “.
Paolo Duò, President of the Vittoria Shipyard:
“A few months from the delivery of the last units built for the Coast Guard, the flagship of our fleet, the General Command of the Port Authorities has once again recognized our company know-how gained in the design and construction of military and paramilitary units and we are honored by this. In this new adventure we will be partner of one of the main world players in shipbuilding to which we have long been united by an important collaboration relationship. Together with Fincantieri, in fact, we will go to strengthen the operational capabilities of the Port Authority corps, guaranteeing, as always, maximum reliability and compliance with the highest quality standards “.
Giuseppe Bono, Chief Executive Officer of Fincantieri, commented:
“We are proud to once again be able to contribute to expanding and enhancing the operational capabilities of our Coast Guard with a ship built to carry out a variety of heterogeneous missions. This order, in fact, confirms its great versatility. of the Group, which today is able to offer products that respond with the highest technological level on the market to the specific needs of different customers, in each sector in which we operate “.