Significant MoU signed in underwater infrastructure segment

Shipbuilding company Fincantieri and engineering and construction firm Saipem have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the aim of exploring joint opportunities in the field of autonomous subsea vehicles.

Rendering of a Hydrone subsea vehicle undertaking surveillance on undersea infrastructure Rendering of a Hydrone subsea vehicle undertaking surveillance on undersea infrastructure. Photo: Saipem

Under the agreement, the companies will assess commercial and industrial prospects for participating in programmes focusing on surveillance and control of critical underwater infrastructure.

The partners will also look at prospects for integrating autonomous subsea vehicles with surface and underwater units.

The collaboration entails leveraging specific technologies from both companies, including Fincantieri’s vessels and submarines and Saipem’s Hydrone drone development program.

Combined subsea experience

Saipem is one of the first companies to commercialise autonomous subsea drones for intervention and inspection tasks on offshore energy infrastructure at depths of up to 3,000m.

Fincantieri’s submarine construction experience stretches back to 1929. Since then, it has built 180 subs, including 105 at its Muggiano shipyard.

The MoU, signed at the Palazzo Marina, headquarters of the Italian Navy’s General Staff, is deemed strategically important, given the growing significance of underwater infrastructure in the current geopolitical landscape.


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