The Best Kept Secret In Shipbuilding
In 2009, Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri S.p.A, purchased the assets of the Manitowoc Marine Group; which included Bay Shipbuilding Company. Located in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Bay Shipbuilding was the “feather in the cap” with their long history in U.S. commercial shipbuilding and repair. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently visited the shipyard and found an enviable level of new builds and repair activity; which gave us a better understanding why the yard is dubbed the “best kept secret in shipbuilding.”
Can you share with us your background and area of responsibility?
I’ve been the Vice President and General Manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding since assuming the role in August of 2012. I’ve been with the company for 32 years and I’ve served in various capacities; starting out in the manufacturing field. From 1991 to 2012, I worked primarily in our repair/conversion division, before I took this role in leading the organization.
You call this place the “best kept secret in shipbuilding.” Why?
We do the full gamut of shipbuilding and associated maritime services; from repair and conversion to new construction. We have all aspects of shipbuilding and repair disciplines onsite. I think that is one of the value propositions that we offer; we still harbor all the crafts required to build and repair vessels. We do have valued turnkey subcontractors that help to smooth out the peaks and valleys of our business, but we still have all of the disciplines of shipbuilding....