Shanghai - Fabrizio Ferri, CEO of the Chinese branch of Fincantieri in Shanghai, has won the Magnolia Silver Award for his contributions to the city’s booming cruise liner industry. Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation joined forces to build the first big cruise ship in China dedicated to Chinese passengers. Ferri established a subsidiary in Shanghai to negotiate cooperation agreement between Fincantieri and CSSC, which took two years.
The complex deal was eventually signed in two parts, establishment of joint venture in July 2016 and MOA of manufacturing first Chinese cruise in February 2017 in Beijing, in the presence of China’s President Xi Jinping and the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella. Fincantieri, Carnival Corp and CSSC agreed to construct the first two ships in China, with an option for four more. All six ships are to be built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding at a cost of almost US$5 billion. The Chinese cruise market, with almost 2.5 million passengers in 2018, is already the second-biggest in the world.
But, thanks to the growing Chinese middle class, forecasters are saying the Chinese cruise market will overtake the US, which has around 13 million passengers a year, in the future.