Cannes - “We are looking for a new shipyard, possibly in Liguria.” This is what Ferretti’s chief, Alberto Galassi said on board one of the mega-yachts that was exhibited at the Cannes Boat Show. The C.E.O. of the Romagna-based group continued, “We are now second in the world among the companies that produce sporting units. The numbers from 2015 and the beginning of 2016 prove it, our orders are increasing. This is why the idea is to buy another facility. We are considering it: we are looking for a medium to large site, we hope to be able to complete the operation in a few months. The plant at La Spezia is already at full capacity, we need new areas. Of course if we don’t find anything that suits us in Liguria we will look in other parts of Italy, near to where we already operate shipyards.”
Will you be ready for a public offering in 2017 or 2018?
“That is not a priority for us. We want to strengthen the group’s brands and grow Ferretti Security and Defence, the division we launched a few months ago that specialises in the construction of military units.”Minister Carlo Calenda said that he would not allow any public contributions to the Genoa Boat Show if the Italian yachting sector remained divided into two associations. What do you think about that?
“I am in agreement. The government is right, we are fighting like cats and dogs. I therefore invite Calenda, at least for the next year, to use the money for more important things.”
Is that a challenge?
“Absolutely not. The sector has split in half, with UCINA on one side and Nautica Italiana on the other. The division seems to be incurable and it is not right that the government commit to support the Genoa Boat Show, like other events of this type, if the companies that represent the Made in Italy brand are not united in one association. In Italy there are so many emergencies, this financing could be allocated to much more urgent matters. We are thinking of the earthquake that devastated part of our country: Ferretti will auction a Riva model and donate the entire proceeds to the towns struck by the earthquake.”
Ferretti is part of Nautica Italiana and will not be participating in the Genoa Boat Show organised by UCINA this year. But the funds from MISE are essential for the show in Genoa.
“And this is the problem, but it does not only concern Genoa. The government must turn off the tap until the shipping sector is once again united. I am speaking more generally about every event that is organised on Italian territory and which required support from public entities. Enough subsidies, anyone who wants to organise an event should do it with his own money, with money from the shipyards and sponsors.”