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July 21, 2022

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Vago (MSC Cruises): the closure of the production line of Wärtsilä in Trieste could generate repercussions negative on Italian shipbuilding

We therefore hope - he said - that on this decision there may be a rethink on the part of Wärtsilä

The announcement of the Finnish group Wärtsilä Corporation of the intention to close the construction activity of marine engines in Trieste, with the consequent loss of 450 jobs ( of 15 July 2022), has raised the concern of MSC Cruises for the possible negative repercussions on Italian navalmeccanica. "We share - commented Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of the cruise division of the MSC group - concerns expressed by the CEO of Fincantieri regarding the possible repercussions that the closure of the production line of Wärtsilä in Trieste could generate on shipbuilding Italian. For the entire cruise industry and for the MSC Group, the whose cruise division has important orders at the plant of Monfalcone near Trieste for the construction of new ships - has explained Vago - the closure of the Wärtsilä plant that would be an extremely significant loss. It is, in fact, a company that has shown very high professionalism that have contributed over the years to make complete and competitive the entire system of the shipbuilding supply chain Italian. Its closure would also entail a dispersion of skilled workers who would be forced to find a different employment or even to move abroad, going to take their valuable know-how elsewhere. We hope then - it has concluded Vago - that on this decision there may be on the part of Wärtsilä a rethink, as there is a risk of compromise the efficiency and value of the shipbuilding in Italy».

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