Fin­cantieri plots Aus­tralian move

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PARTS of Coral Ex­pe­di­tions’ new ves­sel may be built in Aus­tralia with Ital­ian ship­builder Fin­cantieri out­lin­ing plans to be­gin con­struct­ing cruise ship sec­tions lo­cally from 2018 if it wins a con­tract to de­sign and con­struct new Aus­tralian Navy ships.

Fin­cantieri said if it reached “the ap­pro­pri­ate busi­ness con­tent” in as­so­ci­a­tion with its ten­der for the Fu­ture Fri­gate project, it would list on the Aus­tralian Stock Ex­change and con­struct cruise ship seg­ments to train the Aus­tralian ship­build­ing work­force.

The sec­tions would be built by Fin­cantieri’s ship­build­ing work­force and po­ten­tial sub-con­trac­tors to the Fu­ture Fri­gate Project.

“Build­ing blocks of the Coral Ex­pe­di­tions cruise ship here in Aus­tralia shows how Fin­cantieri’s size and strength can join new op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mar­ket and the ship­build­ing in­dus­try to­gether,” said Dario Deste, chair­man of Fin­cantieri Aus­tralia.

Fin­cantieri has placed pilot or­ders with Aus­tralian com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Bluescope Steel to sup­ply steel “for use in cruise ships and fu­ture test blocks”.

Coral Ex­pe­di­tions inked a deal last month with Fin­cantieri sub­sidiary Vard ( CW 12 Sep) for a 120-pax ex­pe­di­tion ship to be de­liv­ered in mid-2019 ( pic­tured).

Fin­cantieri Aus­tralia also con­firmed it would open an of­fice in Ade­laide on 10 Oct.

“This fa­cil­ity ex­pands Fin­cantieri’s oper­a­tions into Ade­laide as we mo­bilise Aus­tralian in­dus­try, ac­ti­vate the Ade­laide ship­yard with the proven dig­i­tal tools used to build the Ital­ian FREMM Frigates on time and on bud­get in Italy and re­cruit and train the Aus­tralian ship­build­ing work­force for the Project,” Deste said.

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