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, Wisconsin. 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.
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. 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,” he said.