Hundreds of workers involved

Various plants of the Azimut-Benetti Group are making a partial restart of working at its plants in the provinces of Tuscany (Viareggo and Livorno), Liguria (Savona and Varazze) and Pesaro and Urbano (Fano). 

This initial return, which involves a few hundred workers of the group’s total 2,000 workforce, is to work on those yachts close to completion so that they can be delivered as soon as possible. It is not known how many yachts are involved with this partial restart or exactly how many workers will be involved.

The current situation in Italy is that a full return to working is down to a decision made by the respective provincial governments. Liguria made a full return last week while the Tuscany government has announced that a full return will be made on May 4, 2020.

IBI made known earlier that yards in Liguria at locations such as Genoa, San Remo, Varazze and La Spezia were allowed to restart working last week. This includes builders such as Sanlorenzo, Tankoa, Otam, Baglietto, Ferretti and Amer, as well as the Lusben refit facility at Varazze.

As IBI went to press today, further information on Italian yards was received from Palumbo Superyachts Refit. In a statement the company announced that in compliance with the current international regulations in the context of COVID-19, the Palumbo shipyards (Naples, Ancona, Malta, Savona and Marseille) are currently operational for maintenance and refit activities, guaranteeing continuous assistance to boats and to the crew members present in the various locations.

The activities are carried out with due respect for the prescribed health and hygiene standards, within an operating protocol established by the internal control committee, as envisaged by the current protocol on safety in the workplace for the containment of the COVID-19 epidemic and with the adoption of the necessary PPE to avoid the spread of the virus.