By Dag Pike

Italy’s Baglietto shipyard is planning to re-enter the patrol boat sector as part of a planned yard expansion.

Baglietto is one of Italy’s oldest shipyards. The company, which was recently acquired by the Gavio Group, builds motoryachts and has a history building patrol boats and other craft for the military.

“We aim to reconnect with Baglietto’s long history of building for the military and paramilitary markets,” says company owner Geniamino Gavio in a recent interview.

“We specialise in building in steel and aluminium for our fast motoryachts and we think that there will be a market for this expertise in the military sector where we can exploit our skills.”

Baglietto is in the process of a major expansion programme that will see the yard’s facilities expand to enable the construction of motoryachts up to 65m in length as well as undertaking refit work. Building for the military could form part of this expansion programme.

At last year’s Cannes Boat Show, Baglietto exhibited a 13.5m fast sports cruiser constructed in aluminium, which was a new size departure for the yard, and it is this type of design that could prove attractive for military and some commercial requirements.

The yard is planning two ranges of military designs – one in the 11m-12m size range, and the other to meet requirements in the 20m-35m range, where aluminium construction can prove particularly attractive.

“The Italian authorities are spending large amounts on patrol craft at present to cope with the influx of immigrants from Africa,” said Gavio. “We hope we can get interest in our designs from this sector, but we will also operate in international markets.”

During the interview, Gavio also hinted that the yard might start to build sailing yachts again. Baglietto has built several large sailing yachts in the past, but its focus today is on planing and displacement motoryachts from 40m-50m.