In the wake of the Mediterranean region’s migrant crisis, the Italian Government has contracted the Ferretti Group to produce a range of patrol vessels to meet the challenge of increased search and rescue missions around its coastline.
As part of this new direction for Ferretti, it has launched the FSD Division – Ferretti Security and Defence – which was officially presented in Rome on the 3rd of February in the company of the Italian Minister of the Interior, the Honourable Angelino Alfano, as well as senior representatives from Italy’s armed forces.
This interesting move by the yacht group comes off the back of a €50m investment into research and development across its ranges, investment that, Ferretti claims, will result in the creation of some 33 new models by 2017.
The Ferretti Group is actively looking to expand the scope of its operations across various marine sectors, with a focus on “innovation, performance and technology”, according to its most recent press statements. This new objective will be supported by additional investments in R&D and manufacturing across its six facilities.
Albert Galassi, CEO of the Ferretti Group, welcomed the new diversification into security and defence. “FSD’s mission is to develop vessels with a high technology content whose performance and efficiency meet the challenging demands faced by those answering the need for surveillance and who guarantee the safety of our waters.”
The first launch from the FSD Division will be the 195, a 20m, 50knot fast patrol vessel due for delivery in the summer. No images of the FSD195 are available but a “range of naval platforms” are due to follow, with images of the FSD115 (below) and FSD150 (bottom) released by the yard.
The 2016 Superyacht Intelligence Annual Report, published later this month, includes three Ferretti Group brands in the list of Top 50 Shipyards – Custom Line, CRN and Pershing – with a total of 51 deliveries, over the last five years, between them.