Our historic ships

Cruise ships

A cruise ship is an ideal and self-sufficient floating city in constant communication with land. It is designed, built and managed to safeguard the health and life of those temporarily living there for work or fun, thousands of people from different countries and cultures, who live together and adhere to its rules of governance.

For this reason, the Group has an active and proactive role in the development of international safety regulations.
Fincantieri is an accredited representative with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the specialized United Nations Agency for protecting the safety of human life at sea and the environment.
Monitoring of regulatory developments is a fundamental element, at a strategic and technological level, in the early identification of possible trends in the market and being able to anticipate the emergence of new needs by proposing solutions that are innovative, competitive and comply with the technical and economic feasibility standards at product and process level.

THE NUMBERS OF COMPLEXITY - What you need on average to build a cruise ship


mq of public space: the size of 3 football fields


design hours


kms of cable: more than 7 times the distance from Rome to Venice


hours of shipyard work

Fincantieri ships represent a technological benchmark at the European and global level. They feature the most advanced technologies, with technical solutions that provide energy savings, emission reduction, high performance and high quality, guaranteeing very high standards of comfort on board.
We have embraced the objectives of the International Maritime Organization, summarized in the slogan “Safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans.”
The reduction of environmental impact has become one of the most important drivers for design and innovation in the field of cruise ships.

Fincantieri has developed, validated and applied on its ships more than 100 initiatives aimed at:

  • improving hydrodynamic and propulsive efficiency;
  • exploiting waste heat (fumes and cooling water) with recovery and cogeneration systems;
  • systematically reducing the energy needs of users on board.

Fan coil installation in cabins 290 t/year
Fan coil installation in public areas 160 t/year
Variable speed adjustment systems for electric motors 220 t/year
Heat recovery system optimization 270 t/year
Recalibration of drinking water generation system 48 t/year
Increase of electric motor energy class 75 t/year
LED and high efficiency lighting and automatic lighting control 130 t/year

*Data per ship by ca 130,000 GRT (t fuel/year)

Naval vessels

Also for naval vessels, Fincantieri follows a procedure for the design of eco-sustainable ships, in order to reduce the environmental impacts both during the construction phase and during the operational life of the ship. In the renewal process for the Italian Navy fleet, the new constructions are designed right from the preliminary phase of the project to be flexible, modular and reliable, with low environmental impact, easily reconfigurable and upgradable. In addition to the particular attention given to reducing emissions of fumes, the treatment of wastewater and the use of bio-fuels, the vessels will be able to intervene to contain a contaminated tract of sea, with the possibility of collecting and stowing the polluting substances.

The following is a list of eco-sustainable design criteria for the construction of naval vessels:





Thermal engine emissions forlower installed power

Optimization of hull shapes

Reductions in consumption

Thermal engine emissions for higher diesel generator efficiency

CODLAD (Combined Diesel Electric and Diesel Engine) propulsion

Pace under electric propulsion

Thermal engine emissions (Diesel generators) for lower energy consumption (difference between traditional and LED lighting)

Introduction of LED lights

Reduction of electricity consumption for the lighting system

Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5/COD) - commonly used parameters for indirect measurement of organic matter content in a water

Sewage treatment control

Limit on emissions at sea

Dispersed oils

Bilge control

Limit on emissions at sea

Volume and weight


Reduction of volume and weight of waste produced

NOx emission reduction

Diesel engines (power generation/propulsion)

Reduction in fuel consumption following the adoption of common rail fuel injection control

NOx emission reduction

Diesel engines (power generation/propulsion)

Reductions in air emissions following the adoption of UREA injection system

No releasing of biocidal substances at sea/reduction of resistance to forward motion

Hull treatment

Use of paints without antifouling

Less polluting waste material during modernization/demolition work and lower energy consumption for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

Paint treatment

Use of water-based paints for indoor areas and use of low sun absorption paints for superstructures

Less energy consumption of HVAC activities due to lower heat input and elimination of paint coatings to finish the insulation

Insulation of internal areas

Optimized study for the installation of thermal insulation and surface finish insulation for technical areas

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