At the Fincantieri Muggiano Shipyard was laid the first vessel in a series of seven Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship (PPA) for the Italian Navy. The ship is planned to be put into operation in 2021. A series of PPA ships is being built as part of the fleet renewal program launched in May 2015, approved by the government and the parliament of the country. The vessels of this class are distinguished by the use of innovative technologies and will have a dual purpose. In particular, these vessels will be able to perform routine military tasks of patrolling, as well as engage in civilian operations of search and rescue at sea. In the design of PPA vessels, the technological solutions have been used to reduce the harmful impact on the environment, with electric propulsion engines with reduced harmful emissions.
These warships can perform routine patrolling of the coastline, as well as participate in full-scale combat operations. The vessel can be used as a base for 11-meter high-speed inflatable boats (RHIB). These light boats can be launched with the help of side cranes and ramps located in the stern.
The PPA class vessels have overall length of 132.50 m, capacity for 173 people and maximum speed of 31 kts. The propulsion unit is combined of diesel, gas turbine engines and electric motors. The vessels have two modular zones (at the stern and in the middle part), where can be installed different container modules for cargo transportation, logistics, accommodation of rescued people, for medical examination and treatment.
The vessels will be built on the combined capacities of the Riva-Trigoso and Muggiano shipyards. The delivery of the first vessel is planned for 2021, with the subsequent deliveries of the whole series in 2022, 2023, 2024 (2 vessels), 2025 and 2026.
Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups. The company has built more than 7,000 vessels. Fincantieri specializes in the construction of cruise ships, and also builds naval vessels, cruise ferries, mega yachts and special purpose ships. The company carries out contracts for ship repair and conversion of sea-going vessels.