Italian shipbuilder Rosetti Marino SpA has entered the superyacht market with plans to develop a fleet of Thomas Spadolini-designed yachts from 48m-85m.

Established in 1925, Rosetti engineers and constructs a wide range of commercial ships – from ocean-going tugs and platform supply vessels to passenger ferries. The group is quoted on the Milan stock exchange and comprises 18 companies with nine branch offices and 1,200 employees.

In 2016 Rosetti Marino registered turnover in excess of €213m.

Superyacht veteran Fulvio Dodich, who has held top management positions at Ferretti and Sanlorenzo, is a partner in and chairman of Rosetti Superyachts – the new division with a branch office in Monte Carlo that aims to draw on the group’s extensive shipbuilding heritage to build luxury superyachts, long-range supply vessels and expedition yachts from 40m-150m.

“We took the decision to launch this initiative based on Rosetti Marino’s remarkable experience, solid financial background and exceptional facilities to create a series of high-level superyachts with semi-custom or fully customisable identities, as well as providing technical excellence and innovative solutions,” says Dodich.

“We are proposing ‘Made in Italy’ yachts that are designed and built to the highest technical and safety standards that distinguish the whole Rosetti Marino Group of companies,” he adds.

To execute this plan, Dodich has brought in the internationally renowned Italian designer Tommaso Spadolini to develop a fleet of concepts from 48m-85m. The first of these concepts is an 85m expedition supply vessel of 2,200GT with MTU main engines and propulsion systems supplied by Rolls Royce.

Available in two-deck arrangements with central or aft helipad, the renders display the version with a fully certified helicopter deck above a dedicated owner’s area aft. The helipad and forward superstructure are connected by a central gangway with deck space in between for storing large tenders and toys.

Dodich says he is already in advanced negotiations with prospective owners for this and other projects. Further details will be revealed in the coming months.

The yachts will be built at Rosetti's San Vitale shipyard in the Italian port of Ravenna. The yard covers a total area of 240,000sq m including quays, berthage and a covered surface of approximately 17,000sq m comprising two construction sheds of 25m x 100m each and a dry dock of 160m x 25m. To date, it has delivered 119 vessels from 40m-140m.

Rossetti Superyachts will also have access to the technical and engineering capabilities spread across the 18 companies part of the group – including, for example, Basis Engineering.