The Italian shipbuilder and ship designer Fincantieri is to construct sections for cruise ships and frigates in Australia from next year.
The Italian firm has hired the flat product steel producer BlueScope Steel to supply the steel for use in cruise ships and the future test blocks of cruise ships constructed in Australia.
“This order will ensure that cruise ships blocks built in Australia as part of our start-up activities will train an Australian shipbuilding workforce and use Australian steel,” said Dario Deste, chairman of Fincantieri Australia.
The training activities lead into the start of production of the Royal Australian Navy’s Future Frigate, designated Project Sea 5000, from 2020, as the company aims to bring its own work “to start up operations locally and create new markets for Australian industry.”
The cruise ship blocks will be constructed by both Fincantieri’s own shipbuilding workforce and the potential subcontractors to the Future Frigate Project, who will be invited to submit quotes in the coming months to construct selected blocks.