The project combines the operational needs of the Coast Guard with the experience gained with the ships “Dattilo” and “Diciotti”, delivered by Fincantieri in 2013 and 2014.
The design and construction of a new ‘green’ multi-role ship for the Coast Guard is underway. The contract for the construction of a multi-role offshore unit was signed today in Rome, at the headquarters of the General Command of the Harbor Offices – Coast Guard. The signing took place between the commanding general, Admiral Inspector Nicola Carlone, and the managing director of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono, the latter representing the two companies, Fincantieri and Cantiere Navale Vittoria, which will operate through a temporary grouping of businesses. The order, which concludes the tender procedure and has a value of approximately 80 million euros, provides for the construction of a multi-role offshore unit and the related temporary support service for the duration of 5 years, in addition to the possibility the exercise of the option right for the construction of a further 2 units.
The project combines the operational needs of the Coast Guard with the experience gained with the ships “Dattilo” and “Diciotti”, delivered by Fincantieri in 2013 and 2014. The new ship, thanks to its peculiar characteristics, will be able to operate in the fulfillment of the various mission entrusted by the laws of the State to the Coast Guard, from rescue at sea to safety of navigation, from the protection of the marine environment to that of fish resources, up to the use in the field of civil protection devices. The naval unit can be used in long-range offshore missions, with a logistic autonomy of at least 20 days, exceeding 4,800 miles, in which it will be able to take on, thanks to the technologies and advanced communication and discovery systems present on board , also the command and control role for the coordination of air and naval assets in the areas of operation.
With a total length of about 85 meters, the ship will be characterized by excellent qualities in terms of seakeeping as well as high maneuverability, guaranteed by an azimuth-type electric propulsion system (two azipods) powered by an electrical generation plant and by two bow thrusters for dynamic positioning, which guarantee the environmental sustainability of the ship. The presence of a large working deck with off-shore cranes and a boarding ramp for rotated vehicles, together with the flight deck for the landing and take-off of helicopters, a dedicated rescue zone with relative inflatable boats with rigid keel (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat), the anti-pollution systems (rec-oil), the hospital area and other equipment, favor the high versatility and the necessary multi-role capacity of the naval unit.