Ferretti reopens the Riva shipyard in La Spezia. 40 boats per year will be born here

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Inauguration of the new Riva shipyard in La Spezia
Inauguration of the new Riva shipyard in La Spezia

A new chapter opens for the history of Riva, the legendary powerboat brand that is a symbol of elegance and the Italian Dolce Vita. The Ferretti Group, owner of the brand, officially inaugurated the La Spezia shipyard, the site of a major renovation that involved both the production areas and the spaces dedicated to hospitality.

A strategic hub for the Ferretti Group

The La Spezia shipyard represents a strategic hub for the Ferretti Group, which employs more than 750 people here, including 200 under direct contracts. Here we give continuity to a historic brand through the newest technologies. For on the one hand, there is Riva’s glorious history, which has made generations of boating enthusiasts dream; on the other hand, there is the most modern production technology and a constant focus on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Operations at the production site are currently focused onseven Riva models, ranging from 76 to 130 feet, but may be expanded in the future to meet the needs of a changing market.

The Riva shipyard in La Spezia
The Riva shipyard in La Spezia

Present at the inauguration ceremony were Ferretti Group and Weichai Chinese shareholder chairman Tan Xuguang, CEO Alberto Galassi, local authorities and a delegation from Weichai.

The renovated shipyard, which covers an area of 64,000 square meters, is a flagship of Made in Italy in the nautical industry. The four industrial warehouses, equipped with 21 production stations and two large spaces dedicated to painting, will allow for the launching of more than 30 boats per year.

A commitment to environmental protection

The La Spezia shipyard has been included in the “Blue Mile” project, an initiative aimed at promoting the area and its nautical excellence while respecting the environment. Attention to sustainability is embodied in the use of photovoltaic systems, adoption of environmentally friendly production procedures, and compliance with international standards ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015. The inauguration of the renovated Riva shipyard in La Spezia is another step in the growth path of the Ferretti Group, which aims to consolidate its leadership in the luxury nautical sector also through new investments that go in the direction of eco-sustainable boating.


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