In the article published today, Perini CEO Enrico Dell’Artino told the newspaper that the group will “protect our profession as megayacht builders in other ways, and it’s a just as well there are those willing to defend the industry in more important centers besides Genoa,” in a veiled criticism of UCINA whose headquarters are in the Ligurian seaport.
Il Terreno went on to announce that Perini has also lost its client for the 60m sailing yacht in build in Viareggio in the wake of the devaluation of the Russian ruble. The yacht will be put on the market, which leaves a 38m to be launched in the autumn and 70m Sybaris at the Picchiotti yard in La Spezia due to launch next year, and the fourth 60m hull being fitted out at the Yildiz yard in Turkey.
“Certainly the loss of the Russian client has created occupational and financial problems, which we’re sure we can overcome,” continued Dell’Artino. “Perini is here in 2015 and it will remain in 2016 and beyond. There has been no change of strategy, in fact we are keen to return to our core business of building sailing yachts.”
The lost client puts added pressure on Perini as the market for super sailing yachts continues to flounder, although it’s refit division is doing well. “We are working on our order book,” said a defiant Dell’Artino, but there is no doubt that Perini is in desperate need of new sales if it is to maintain its present infrastructure. A redundancy programme agreed with the trade unions will remain in force until April 2016, when some hard decisions will have to be made.