Fincantieri plots Australian move
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.