Annual Report 2020



Our previous investments in digital solutions meant we were prepared to deliver services remotely, both in terms of technology and in establishing, in co-operation with the involved flags, the regulatory framework to support this approach.


Liberian Flag Remote Survey  

Leading the way in remote technology

RINA had started work with remote surveys in 2019. With the outbreak of COVID-19, this service became a critical tool for business continuation. The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) approved the use of RINA’s remote technology for inspections of Liberian flagged vessels with the additional class notation ‘Remote’. The first fully remote statutory and associated class intermediate surveys, including hull and machinery inspections, were successfully completed on the bulk carrier Cielo di Gaspesie, owned by the d’Amico Group.

MSC Virtuosa WATCHFUL CCTV Security Solution  

Between November 2020 and March 2021, RINA supported MSC with the qualification of its proposed security solution through a systematic process covering description of the technology, operational conditions and limitations, functional requirements, safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, codes and standards and technology assessment.

IHM Carnival Corporation Fleet  

New Inventory of Hazardous Materials service proving a global success

Starting in March 2020 and still ongoing, RINA has been contracted by Carnival Corporation Fleet to certify the inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) on board all the group’s 85 vessels, only 18 of which are classed by RINA. RINA displayed its competencies to deliver a high-quality service in a timely manner to this global operator, employing exclusive surveyors and haz/mat experts.

M / n Splendid conversion into a “hospital ship”  

A project developed by GNV together with RINA to assist coronavirus patients and increase the hospital capacity of Liguria. Amid the coronavirus emergency, on behalf of the regional health care authority of Liguria, the ferry liner GNV reconverted its ferry passenger vessel into a facility fully equipped to assist COVID-19 patients under quarantine, and patients during convalescence. The project was the brainchild of GNV of the MSC group, together with RINA, in strict cooperation with the Liguria Health Care Service and Civil Defense, and the ship was successfully sent into action in a short space of time.

Delivery of “Eco Valencia”  

The first of 12 hybrid ro-ro ships belonging to the new Grimaldi Green 5th Generation (GG5G) class and ordered from the Chinese Jinlingi, the cargo vessel Eco Valencia was delivered to RINA class. The ship has a length of 238 metres and is be able to transport over 7,800 lane meters of rolling units, equivalent to above 500 trailers. In addition to classifying the ship, RINA assigned her the additional “Green Plus” class notation, the top RINA certification in the field of environmental sustainability. The "Green Plus" recognizes the design solutions, on-board systems and operational procedures put in place voluntarily, both during the construction phase and during the operation of the ship, aimed at improving environmental performance beyond the minimum levels required by the relevant international regulations. The vessel features 600m² of solar panels, large-capacity batteries to achieve zero emissions in port, a peak shaving system and an air lubrication system.

Ferretti Group Cooperation  

Working at the heart of the yachting industry

At the beginning of October 2020, RINA started a cooperation with Ferretti Group in US for the supervision of all their mega yachts repair and retrofitting activities in Florida. This is a strategic agreement as it positions RINA in one of the world capitals of the yachting industry.

Icebreaker “Laura Bassi”    

New records for an Italian Icebreaker

In 2020 RINA issued the first Polar Class certificate to an Italian flagged ship. The Laura Bassi, owned by the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS), has reached the southernmost point on Earth in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, ever reached by an Italian vessel. Its sampling activities in this area were at depths close to the seabed and preliminary analysis of data revealed water mass at -2°C, the lowest temperature recorded to date.

Naval Projects  

Strong performance in the naval sector

During 2020, the Liguria region confirmed itself as the heart of the naval ship business based on the number and variety of project, ranging from small patrol vessels to the Landing Helicopter Deck (LHD) ITS Trieste. Alongside this LHD, other major projects intended for the Italian Navy include seven Multipurpose Patrol Vessels (PPA) and a Logistic Support Ship (LSS). For the Qatari Navy, projects include four Corvettes, two Offshore Patrol Vessels and a Landing Platform Dock (LPD).

In 2020, we also classified mine countermeasure vessels for the Algerian Navy, delivering the second, and delivered one FREMM Frigate (out of two) to the Egyptian Navy.


Significant increase in yachting fleet

During 2020, 90 yachts were delivered to RINA class, totalling more than 32.000 meters, with an average length of 35 meters. This means the RINA yachts classed fleet stands at 1,030 vessels with a total of around 300,000 GT at the end of 2020. Deliveries were taken from Italian yards (Azinut Benetti, Ferretti, CRN, Italian Sea Group, Fratelli Rossi, Fipa, Baglietto and others), UK (Sunseeker, Princess), Turkey (Turquoise, Numarine, Venture Yacht), UAE (Gulf Craft) and the Netherlands (Van Der Valk, Lynx).

The acquisition projects include yachts over 500 GT, for builders like Fratelli Rossi, Italian or Logica Yachts, and a remarkable number of yachts over 50 metres for Azimut Benetti, Bilgin Yatcilik, CRN, Cantiere Vittoria, Palumbo Superyacht, Mengi Yat, and Cantiere delle Marche.

New build deliveries  

During 2020, 267 new vessels totalling 1.2 million GT were delivered to RINA class, comprising 164 merchant, 13 navy and 90 yachts. These included: Mardì Gras, LNG fuelled cruise ship for Carnival Corporation; Costa Firenze, cruise ship for Costa Crociere; Eco Valencia, hybrid Ro-Ro cargo for Grimaldi; Grande Florida, Grande New Jersey, Grande Houston, PCCT for Grimaldi; Silver Moon, luxury cruise ship for Silversea; Histria Dione, Oil Chem Tanker, GT 26.310, for Histria Shipmanagement.