The following is the text of a news release from Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG):
(WASHINGTON) — Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) has announced that 14 vessels of the Great Lakes fleet are under repair at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The vessels range in size from 1,000-foot-long bulk tankers to medium-sized ships to tugs and barges. The scope of repairs is just as varied — from repowering and structural steel renewal, to generator replacement and electrical automation enhancements, to ABS and USCG inspections.
FMG President and CEO Francesco Valente discussed the time-sensitive nature of the winter fleet repairs. "These vessels need to return to work when the ice breaks around mid- to late March, so there is a great deal of planning and scheduling that goes into meeting each ship’s critical deadline," he said. "We employ all of our assets — expansive facilities, computer-aided manufacturing equipment, heavy-lift capabilities, engineering expertise, and the industry’s finest master craftsmen — to make it happen."
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Co. is an operating division of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), the United States subsidiary of global shipbuilding giant Fincantieri, employing almost 21,000 people in 21 shipyards on four different continents, and with a track record of building more than 7,000 ships.