New ShipLift unveiled by Amico & Co

Written by Justin Ratcliffe

Although operative for a month now, Amico & Co in Genoa has officially unveiled its new 4000-ton ShipLift for hauling, launching and manoeuvring superyachts of up to 95 metres in length using a system of synchronised hoists. The inauguration in the morning was followed by an evening of celebration with local dignitaries and sector operators. Amico & Co shipyard in GenovaPhoto: AmicoConstructed in just 16 months, the system designed in-house by Amico & Co and involving 84 companies (all Italian with the exception of Dutch firm Enerpac for the track and trestle system to move vessels from the lifting area to the hardstanding) is complemented by 5 additional work ‘slots’ created by restructuring an area of 25,000 sqm to allow work to be carried out on up to six superyachts at the same time.  Amico & Co shipyard in GenovaPhoto: AmicoFor the shipyard, the new structure represents a strategic investment totalling over €27 million, a portion of which has been provided by a state grant of €4 million and a subsidised loan of €13 million.  Amico & Co shipyard in GenovaPhoto: Amico"The ShipLift springs from our desire to continue competing as a leader in the Mediterranean superyacht market,” says Alberto Amico, chairman of Amico & Co. “We’re convinced it represents a great opportunity to make Genoa a hub of global reference for superyachts, activating and strengthening an economic system that generates development and prosperity for the entire surrounding area, with an important knock-on effect on the city even from a cultural point of view.”  Alberto Amico claims that the ShipLift has already resulted in additional refit contracts this winter season for yachts over 60 metres.Amico & Co shipyard in GenovaPhoto: AmicoAmico & Co also introduced a project for re-developing part of the Darsena Nautica area in the port of Genoa. Work is due to start over the next few months and once completed the area will become a marina able to receive large yachts along with their crews and owners, while also serving as the setting for future editions of the Genoa Boat Show.  Amico & Co shipyard in GenovaPhoto: AmicoThe new ShipLift and work slots expand the existing Amico & Co refit facilities, which include a graving dock for vessels up to 102 metres; 4,500 sqm of workshops; 10 covered slots for yachts from 50 to 70 metres and 5 slots for yachts up to 95 metres; a technical marina able for vessels up to 110 metres, plus fully electrified docks and hardstanding.  Amico & Co shipyard in GenovaPhoto: Amico

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