The increasing interplay of commercial marine and naval disciplines has found new expression in the appointment of Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) to class the largest, and most complex ship ordered to date by the Italian Navy. RINA introduced special rules for naval vessels at the end of 2002, and the society will now apply its expertise to the newbuild project for the 26,700-ton displacement aircraft carrier Andrea Doria, ordered from Fincantieri for commissioning in 2007.
Construction of the carrier has been assigned to the group's Riva Trigoso yard.
Measuring 776 ft. (236.5 m) the vessel will be built from high-tensile, anti-ballistic steel, and will have a maximum speed of 28-knots. RINA's selection to class the vessel reflected its experience with state-of-the-art, high capacity cruiseships and fast craft.
The society's CEO, Ugo Salerno said, "RINA has established a reputation for project management skills, safety, quality and service in classing highly complex commercial ships, and looks forward to bringing those standards of excellence to such a major project in the warship sector." "We also expect the commercial sector to benefit from the high technology we can transfer from the military newbuilding program," he stated, adding that "This is a win-win situation for the navy and for our cruiseship clients." The orderbook of Fincantieri's naval vessel business unit is currently worth around $2 billion, and includes a series of Horizon-class frigates and two U212A-type submarines for the Italian Navy, besides the Andrea Doria. A follow- on. large batch of multipurpose frigates are envisioned for construction at Fincantieri's shipyards in Liguria for service entry between 2008 and 2017.