Fincantieri Marine Systems expanding repair operations in Florida

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(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) — Fincantieri Marine Systems North America (FMSNA) will expand its marine repair operations on the East Coast. The move is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to Jacksonville, Fla., providing commercial and government vessels a much-needed marine repair capacity.

FMSNA will make Commodores Point the focus of this effort, bringing business and investment to the downtown Jacksonville waterfront.

“We are investing millions of dollars in waterfront improvements, including bringing in a large dry dock, which will allow us to be a top-tier marine repair operation,” said Ryan Smith, FMSNA’s president and CEO. “The dry dock will be U.S. Navy-certified, which will enable us to repair and maintain Navy vessels in addition to our work on commercial and Coast Guard vessels.”

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In August, FMSNA received approval from the Navy to participate in repair and maintenance delivery orders on the Freedom-class littoral combat ships currently home-ported in nearby Mayport. In October, FMSNA received approval to compete for work on the remaining Mayport surface fleet.

With the company’s expansion in northeast Florida, Smith plans to employ more than 300 men and women over the next three years. These jobs include well-paid positions in pipefitting, shipfitting, welding, electrical, outfitting, preservation and mechanical specializations.

Starting in early 2022, FMSNA will open to provide services to small to medium-sized commercial vessels at its Commodores Point facility. And although the large dry dock will not be operational until 2023, FMSNA will be available for topside work on larger vessels pierside.

– Fincantieri Marine Systems North America


By Professional Mariner Staff