Italian classification society RINA, and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) are to cooperate on ferry construction, with RINA providing support to CSSC in aspects including energy saving, alternative design, passenger comfort and noise reduction. Ugo Salerno, RINA CEO and President Xi Jinping signed a strategic cooperation agreement setting out the collaboration during the Chinese President’s recent Belt and Road Initiative visit to Italy.
RINA’s Salerno said: “The scope of our agreement is very broad and encompasses many aspects of technical advice together with training. We will use our rich technical know-how in the global passenger ship sector to assist CSSC in achieving its growth ambitions in China and beyond. This represents an important step for RINA and reflects our increasing footprint in Asia.”
Lei Fanpei, chairman of CSSC, commented on the substantial benefits that should be generated from RINA’s expertise in passenger ship classification. “CSSC is set to expand the high-technology vessels sector in China and as such will be designed and building new world-class ships,” he said.
CSSC, described as a mainstay of China’s shipbuilding industry, oversees a range of powerful and well-known shipbuilders and repairers, research and design institutes, marine equipment manufacturers and trading firms.