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Exclusive interview with Fulvio Montaldo for Super Yacht 24

Cantieri Sestri: Sailing Towards Excellence

The time has come to lower the sails on the refit season within specialized shipyards. The Sestri Naval Shipyards are a choice of excellence, even with the final touches to the boats that are eager to return to the sea.
In an exclusive interview granted to SUPER YACHT 24, Fulvio Montaldo, the owner, reflects on the pleasure of another year of successes and shares ambitious future plans.

In the Heart of Numbers

The expertise of the Sestri Naval Shipyards has been tested on almost a hundred boats in the current year. This significant number includes about twenty yachts that approach or exceed 24 meters in length. Despite successfully completing two 50-meter megayachts (immense challenges), Montaldo reveals a preference for working on a larger number of boats, even if they are of smaller dimensions.

A Clientele Without Borders

Among boats ranging from 24 to 40 meters, about 60% of the clients come from beyond the borders. Owners from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States constitute a significant portion of the international clientele. Although the Russian market has experienced some notable turbulence, the shipyard maintains a well-diversified customer portfolio. Among them stands out Nave Va, a Corsican company that manages a fleet of commercial vessels with long annual navigation times.

Unstoppable Growth Amid Challenges

Even amidst challenging circumstances, the Sestri Naval Shipyards are poised to grow. With an in-house team of about 15 employees, they regularly collaborate with specialized external teams. On some occasions, there have been as many as fifty workers on the shipyard. Despite limited space, both on land and at sea, Montaldo expresses the hope of having more spacious facilities.

Sailing Towards the Future

The shipyard’s development strategy revolves around service quality and investments in infrastructure. The autumn will mark the beginning of the renovation works for the workshops, internal carpentry, refreshment areas, and the warehouse. This represents the second phase of the development plan, initiated with the acquisition of a 300-ton travel lift last year. This new asset has allowed the shipyards to work on large vessels, complementing the already operational dry dock.
The Genoa-based shipyard proudly holds three certifications – environmental, quality, and workplace safety – because excellence begins with respect for workers and the environment. This too is love and passion.

Charting the Future of Refits

Looking more prospectively at the refit sector, Montaldo maintains an optimistic outlook for the future.
While the growth of the global fleet is a positive signal, the owner of the shipyards “firmly believes that professionalism will be the true differentiator”.
With over three decades of experience in the industry, Montaldo knows that sometimes, to maintain excellence, it’s worth surpassing customer expectations and, on occasion, regretfully turning down certain projects.

As the Sestri Naval Shipyards sail towards the future, their commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction remains a cornerstone.
This steadfast commitment has brought them to the forefront of the shipbuilding industry.

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OUR HISTORY – THE SUCCESS PATH OF THE SESTRI SHIPYARD

There is a soul, made of passion, continuity, commitment and professionalism behind the history of Sestri Shipyards. The Sestri’s engine and mind has the name of Fulvio Montaldo, who in 28 years of activity has transformed a shipyard devoted mainly to the demolition of work boats in barrels and tugs, in an efficient, advanced and highly specialized Naval Shipyards of today’s Cantieri Sestri. A structure capable of working at the highest levels and with the best professionalism, both on ancient sailing ships as well as on modern motorboats or complexes of service boats.

 

Immagini Cantieri di Sestri (Genova, ottobre 2014)
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Since 1989 Montaldo, with the help of its staff, has succeeded in developing, expanding and modernizing the Shipyard. He pursued the quality by hiring and preparing more skilled craftsmen (not forgetting the fact that she was losing the long tradition of Ligurian welder and shipwrights). It has created tradition continuity, with the constant support of young people to the most experienced; connecting the yard into a top-notch network, tightening solid agreements with professional studios design, suppliers and industry leaders.

The development process has also gone by a continuous enlargement and modernization of the structures. The first major innovation was the modernization of the fishing yard that allowed to move even 40 meters boats in half day, against the three of a time. Since 1995, the evolution of the self-propelled hydraulic trucks saw a progressive arrival of new vehicles, up to the latest acquisitions of 40-tons, the 300-meter modular and the 25-meter models, advancing the shipyard transformation and his ability to work on large yacht and hulls.

 

Thanks to shipyard’s strategy to allocate every year 50% of maintenance revenue and above all to the technological upgrading of the means of work, with the goal of replacing them every five years, today, the Sestri’s Shipyard occupy an area of 22,000 square meters divided into 13,800 sea area and 8,200 land, including warehouses, workshops, car parks, offices and open spaces. The latest innovation is the Service Center building, built in the 2015, as nerve center, with accommodation, gym, meeting rooms for employees and transit crews (equipped with solar plants that support much of the energy needs).

All together, permit to our shipyard to offers a complete and advanced range of services and unique facilities to our clients throughout the Liguria seaside station, that makes it one of the safest area in the entire gulf of Genoa, ensuring safety, reliability and high quality services to all ship-owners and commanders.

Over the years the Montaldo’s satisfaction have come from finishing assignments on prestigious boats that have made the history of yachting. First of all, probably the shooner America, perfect replication of the 1851 winner’s of what was called the Hundred Genoa Cup, today’s America’s Cup. ( http://www.nauticareport.it/public/america1.pdf).

After that Vagabunda, a wonderful Goletta, 35 meters long with furnishings, furniture and original paintings of the ‘700, whose in restoration during eight months of solid work. Also the beautiful Sea Home, a Swedish shuttle service from 1919, whose restoration was born in collaboration with the Milanese Architect Matteo Picchio ( www.matteopicchio.com).

Many other boats have passed from here and others are still in the pipeline: With the handling of about 250 boats all year round, the Sestri ShipYard have now consolidated a strong Yacht Restoration reputation and certainty of having advanced structures, know-how and super skilled workers able to perfectly face any type of work for our clients.

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YACHTING: WHAT’S THE ROUTE

“The boats are made to sail, not to host parties on board.” Fulvio Montaldo, chairman of the Board of Directors of Sestri Shipyards, is always very clear and direct.

This phrase seeks to emphasize a fundamental spirit of Ligurian Maritime culture, the same deep culture that characterizes all the CNS employees, who are first of all men of the sea.

Perhaps that is the spirit behind the long-standing success of the CNS: passion, skill, and quality. These are the values ​that allow shipyards to look to the near future with great optimism. On this industry; There have been years of crisis. But if you know how to live with the right mindset, even a period of crisis can be exploited as an excellent opportunity for growth. This is the thought of Fulvio Montaldo who in the most difficult years has been able to maintain high quality standards without ever reducing the staff, nor taking advantage of the integration fund.

Today, the shipyards continues to invest in technological innovation, especially with regard to the study and knowledge of on-board electronic systems, a real market in the increasingly demanding market and which is experiencing a continuous and faster evolution than any other sector . In addition to regular maintenance, such as replacement of parts and calibration, you need to have expertise in the study of system architecture, their positioning on board in the sedicorrette. For this reason, Sestri Shipyards also make use of partnership with the major players in the market.

Competition is both national and international, in this area it is very strong. Consider, for example, that by targeting a clientele with very large boats, there are risks of unpredictability: for these carriers it is much simpler to go some ten miles further, in Turkey, Croatia or Tunisia, to keep or maintain Even just a little more favorable conditions. With smaller boats this phenomenon is, of course, much more limited. All this means having to offer always great quality at the highest technological level and able to make a difference compared to competition, a quality and passion that is at the heart of the Shipyards of Sestri.

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