150 years of LR in Italy celebrated with Fincantieri’s 75th vessel built to LR class
150 years of LR in Italy celebrated with Fincantieri’s 75th vessel
LR (Lloyd’s Register), a leading provider of classification, compliance and advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, and Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, marked a milestone in their long-standing relationship, with the delivery earlier this year of the Discovery Princess cruise ship – the 75th vessel to be built to LR class by Fincantieri.
LR Group CEO, Nick Brown, presented today a plaque featuring an image of Discovery Princess to Giorgio Gomiero and Pierluigi Punter, respectively Senior Vice President Operations and Vice President Concept Design of the Fincantieri Merchant Ships Division, at the shipbuilder’s office in Trieste. The relationship between LR and Fincantieri dates back to 1990. The 75 vessels comprise a total of over 6 million GT. Together they have been built for various different owners and have carried more than 190,000 passengers. This year, Fincantieri will deliver a further four cruise ships to LR Class. 2022 marks the 150-year anniversary of LR in Italy.
Since the first LR surveyor in Genoa was appointed in 1872, LR has supported Italy to become a global leader in passenger ship building. Sharing rich maritime heritage, LR and Fincantieri have together achieved numerous notable industry firsts, such as Carnival Destiny, delivered in 1996, the first cruise ship over 100,000 GT and the world's largest cruise ship at that time. Grand Princess was also the largest cruise ship in the world when delivered in 1998. Additionally, LR classed the first dual fuel/LNG ferry ever built in Italy – F.A Gauthier, delivered by Fincantieri in 2015.
LR Group CEO, Nick Brown, said: “LR is immensely proud of our long-standing relationship with Fincantieri as we share a common vision for greater sustainability and the acceleration of digital technologies within complex new construction projects. We are delighted to celebrate this milestone of 75 passenger vessels delivered together in the year that LR marks its 150th anniversary in Italy. Giorgio Gomiero, Fincantieri Senior Vice President Operations Merchant Ships Division, stated: “It is a pleasure to celebrate such an important and long-time partnership with Lloyd’s Register, especially in a demanding situation as the one we are experiencing. We are convinced, in fact, that to achieve the ambitious goals we set it is necessary to establish solid and profitable collaborations, based on mutual trust and on the sharing of a vision that is always oriented towards the future and constant improvement”.