(WASHINGTON and ARLINGTON, Va.) — Fincantieri Marine Group LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of Italy’s shipbuilding giant Fincantieri S.p.A., and Gibbs & Cox Inc., the leading independent naval engineering and design firm in North America, have announced a joint strategic research and development initiative in the ship and vessel design arena.
The initiative will focus on future ship and vessel concepts with applications within the United States as well as the international marketplace. It will investigate means of developing innovative ship concepts with improved affordability and production efficiency features.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said, “Bringing together Fincantieri and Gibbs & Cox’s complementary skills and expertise will offer innovative capabilities to the U.S. market. Our aim is to develop concepts that completely fulfill the evolving needs of the customer while accounting for producibility considerations early in the design stage.”
Rick Biben, CEO of Gibbs & Cox, said, “This initiative will benefit from a unique end-to-end vision as the naval architects of Gibbs & Cox, operating in concert with the engineers and expert builders of Fincantieri, will be able to develop concepts that account for the needs of programs throughout the life cycle of the vessels.”