In Europe


Fincantieri has joined the European platform WATERBORNE, which is the stakeholder forum recognised by the European Commission as a key player in promoting innovation, knowledge transfer and European competitiveness.
Waterborne defines the roadmap for research and innovation programmes at European level. Priorities are periodically agreed and information is shared with European maritime stakeholders.

Hydrogen Europe

Hydrogen Europe is the European hydrogen and fuel cell association working with the European Commission on the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) innovation programme. This unique public/private partnership supports research and technological development activities. Its aim is to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen technologies on the market, realising their potential as a tool for the creation of a low-carbon energy system.

European Council for Maritime Applied R&D (ECMAR)

CETENA is a member of ECMAR. The association aims to develop a common strategy for European research in the maritime sector in line with EU funded research, innovation and development priorities. ECMAR develops close cooperation with industrial partners, universities and research organisations.


Fincantieri is a member of SEA EUROPE, the European association of shipyards and marine equipment manufacturers, whose mission is to provide a wide range of services and activities, at European and international level, for the benefit of the maritime and naval industries, promoting their mutual interests.


Transport Italy 2020 National Technology Cluster

Fincantieri participates in the activities of the Maritime Working Group of the Transport Italy 2020 National Technology Cluster, one of eight national technology clusters launched by MIUR in 2012. Transport Italy 2020 aims to create synergies between the different supply chains and identify future research and innovation trajectories in the surface transport sector.

Blue Italian Growth National Technology Cluster

Fincantieri is part of the National Blue Italian Growth (BIG) Technology Cluster, a cluster that aims to generate technological development opportunities for Italy’s marine and maritime industrial system on Blue Growth issues.

At regional level: associations, committees, programmes and projects

The cluster policy has strengthened the role of districts at regional level and Fincantieri collaborates with five technology districts in the areas where the shipyards are located.

  • MareTC FVG - Maritime Technology Cluster Friuli Venezia Giulia.
  • DLTM - Ligurian Marine Technology District
  • SIIT - Ligurian Technology District on Integrated Intelligent Systems
  • IMAST - District Polymeric and Composite Materials and Structures Engineering
  • NAVTEC - Technology District on Naval, Commercial and Leisure Transport

In the United States

National Shipbuilding Research Project (NSRP)

The American subsidiary Marinette Marine carries out most of the research and innovation initiatives in collaboration with research centres and universities, through the National Shipbuilding Research Project (NSRP) funded by the US Government.

NSRP was founded in collaboration with U.S. Shipyards, which studies and develops new processes and designs to improve shipbuilding in the US and make it more efficient.