Posted on November 17, 2021
The Italian Coast Guard today signed a contract for the design and construction of a new 85 meter multi-role offshore vessel. Worth EUR 80 million (about $91 million) the agreement covers the construction of one multi-role offshore unit plus related 5-year temporary support services and includes options for the construction of two additional units.
The signing took place between the Commanding General, Adm. Inspector Nicola Carlone, and the CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono, who represente the two shipbuilders, Fincantieri and Cantiere Navale Vittoria, that will execute the contract under a temporary grouping arrangement.
The project is designed to meet the Coast Guard’s needs, building on the experience acquired with the patrol vessels Dattilo and Diciotti, delivered by Fincantieri in 2013 and 2014.
The ship will fulfill duties ranging from sea rescue to maritime safety, marine conservation to fisheries resources protection, and civil protection. It will have a logistical autonomy of at least 20 days, exceeding 4,800 miles, and will be able to also take the lead role in coordinating air and naval assets in operational areas.
With a total length of about 85 meters, the vessel will feature excellent sea-keeping qualities. It will be highly maneuverable thanks to an azimuth-type electric propulsion system (two Azipods), powered by an electrical generation plant, and two bow thrusters for dynamic positioning.
The ship’s flexibility and multi-role capability are enhanced by its large working deck with offshore cranes and a boarding ramp for wheeled vehicles, along with a helicopter deck, dedicated rescue zone with related RHIBs, anti-pollution systems, hospital area and other equipment.