Vittoria Shipyard Partners with Peru
Vittoria Shipyard has extended its horizons to the South American market; the Adria-based firm – an Italian builder of military, paramilitary, commercial, transport and working ships – has signed an agreement to work with SIMA Perú, a publicly-owned company that plans, builds and maintains ships, including the naval vessels belonging to the Marina de Guerra (Peruvian Navy), in close agreement with the Peruvian Ministry of Defense.
The agreement is for the analysis and execution of future projects to build highly-technological naval vessels which meet the country's special geographical needs. SIMA has been involved for several years in an ambitious project to modernize its production facilities, after work to extend the base at Callao, the most important port in Peru. The Marina de Guerra, SIMA's main client, has itself announced its wish to update its fleet.
The choice of Vittoria Shipyard, as explained in a statement issued by SIMA, came about because of its extensive international background, and the experience and know-how that the firm has in planning and building specialized paramilitary and military vessels: especially search and rescue (SAR) boats for emergency situations (such as providing help in isolated areas after floods or earthquakes), landing craft and interceptors, as well as fast attack craft to detect and counter illegal trafficking.
The deal marks Vittoria Shipyard’s debut in the South American market, with the prospect not just of building new ships, but also of transferring know-how and technological skills through specific cooperation agreements with local firms and research and development projects which involve universities, such as the University of Trieste, and international research centers.
“This result,” said Luigi Duò, the President of Vittoria Shipyard, “has come as a direct consequence of last October’s Italian mission abroad and shows the success of synergies between the public and private sector in promoting quality Italian products abroad. The successful outcome, with exceptional conditions if we consider the interest that a small-to-medium sized firm like ours has managed to attract, is also to be attributed to the role played by SEGREDIFESA/DNA (General Defense Secretary/National Armament Management) in accrediting Cantiere Vittoria as a supplier to the Italian Defense Forces and the AIAD (Federation of Italian Aerospace, Defense and Security Companies), which is chaired by the honorable Guido Crosetto, for its support during the mission. We were also helped by the excellent intermediary work done by the Italian Embassy in Peru, especially by Admiral David Rafael Alva. For Vittoria this is the first step on the path of internationalization.”