Amico & Co’s new ShipLift, an innovative system for hauling, launching and manoeuvring megayachts of up to 95m LOA is now operative.

For the shipyard it is a strategic infrastructure that will allow up to six megayachts to be worked on at the same time.

It represents an opportunity for the sector and for the area and is a further step towards affirming Genoa as a global super yacht hub.

Genoa, 28th November 2019Amico & Co, the Genoese company amongst the global leaders in the super and mega yacht refit and repair has inaugurated its ShipLift, the innovative and avant-garde structure that allows works on up to six megayachts to be performed at the same time, following the growth trend of the market and consolidating the shipyard’s international leadership.

In fact with a lifting capacity of 4000 tons, the ShipLift – which has a submersible platform housed in a dedicated structure – allows vessels of up to 95m LOA to be hauled up to ground level through the use of a series of synchronised hoists. The infrastructure is completed by a special track and trestle system for manoeuvring vessels on the hard and by 5 new work stations or “slots”, obtained by strengthening and restructuring an area of 25,000 m2. As it is entirely electrified, the system is zero emissions in situ.

“The construction of the ShipLift springs from our desire to continue competing as a leader in the Mediterranean superyacht market –  commented Alberto Amico, Chairman of Amico & Co – The ShipLift is a result that we are very proud of, which rewards the force generated by our work culture, dedication to service, creativity and specialisation, all of which are elements typical of Made in Italy. We are convinced that it represents a great opportunity and an occasion in which to make Genoa a hub of global reference for super and mega yachts, activating and strengthening a quality economic system that generates development and prosperity for the entire surrounding area, with an important knock-on effect on the city, even from a cultural point of view.”

The new infrastructure entailed a total investment of over €27 mln, considered eligible for public contributions according to ex law decree 181/89. With a decree dated 23rd in November 2017, Invitalia (National Agency for Inward Investment and Economic Development), awarded a capital grant of up to €4 mln to Amico & Co along with a subsidized loan of up to €13 mln.

Construction of the new ShipLift, which brings a decisive contribution to strengthening the competitiveness of the Genoese hub, involved 84 companies – all of which Italian, with the exception of Enerpac – with a total of 200 workers involved in the shipyard product for almost a year and a half. In particular Scandiuzzi SpA a Treviso-based industrial engineering firm built the platform, whilst Dutch firm Enerpac designed and created the transfer system that moves vessels from the lifting area to the hardstanding, via the trestles.

The ShipLift and the new work slots complete and enrich the Amico & Co production facilities already operating on the original area of the concession, amongst which a sheltered graving dock for vessels of up to 102m LOA, 4,500 m2 of workshops for specialised works, 10 covered slots for working on yachts from 50 to 70m LOA and 5 slots for yachts up to 95m LOA, a technical marina with both internal and external protected berths, able to receive vessels of up to 110m LOA in a total water surface of approximately 13,000 m2, plus fully electrified docks and hardstanding.

 “Whenever a milestone is reached, one tends to take stock of the journey taken to get this far. I would like to thank all the other companies in the industry and the local authorities that made it possible. Amongst these I must single out the Port Authority in particular, who put their trust in our investment projects as they developed and whom we have repaid by enhancing the maritime domain with infrastructures that are destined to remain as wealth of the domain itself. In our opinion, by working together we have given substance to a virtuous model of a relationship between the public sector and private initiative.” – concluded Bruno Guglielmini, Managing Director of Amico & Co.

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