FEBRUARY 22, 2016 — Fincantieri Marine Group reports that 14 Great Lakes vessels are currently undergoing winter repairs at its Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding division in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
The vessels range in size from thousand-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.
The winter fleet repairs are time sensitive.
"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," says Fincantieri Marine Group President and CEO, Francesco Valente. "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 Company is an operating division of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), the U.S. subsidiary of global shipbuilding giant Fincantieri.