In the framework of the 10th PPA Programme Committee in Rome, the Contract Amendment N° 4 between OCCAR-EA (on behalf of the Italian State) and the Temporary Consortium, consisting of Fincantieri and Leonardo Company, was signed on 23 July 2020.
Beyond technical and commercial changes implemented in the Contract (in line with the Engineering and Commercial Change Proposals approved by Italy), the 4th Amendment introduces compulsory updates in the PPA Contract (due to Health and Safety regulations), providing guidelines for Health and Safety at Work (H&S@W) Management along the Ship’s Life Cycle.
To date, the Programme is in a mature phase, since the production of the first five ships is in good progress (2 Light, 2 Light Plus and 1 in Full configuration).
The PPA first of class (in Light configuration), named “Paolo Thaon di Revel” will be delivered in 2021 and the next programme major milestone will be the first sea going of the second PPA, named “Francesco Morosini”, which is expected for October 2020.
Italian Navy PPA Vessels:
In May 2015, Fincantieri received an order to deliver 7 PPA (Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura, Offshore Multipurpose Patrol Ship) vessels to the Italian Navy as part of its fleet renewal plan, with OCCAR as contracting authority. The PPA vessels are planned to replace Navy’s four Soldati class light patrol frigates and eight Minerva class corvettes between 2021/2035.
The PPA vessel is a highly flexible ship with the capacity to serve multiple functions, ranging from patrol with sea rescue capacity to Civil Protection operations and, in its most highly equipped version, first-line fighting vessel. There will be indeed different configurations of combat system: starting from a “soft” version for the patrol task, integrated for self-defense ability, to a “full” one, equipped for a complete defense ability.
The vessel is also capable of operating high-speed vessels such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) up to 11 meters long through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern.
The PPAs are being built at the Integrated Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano. The first vessel of the class, Paolo Thaon di Revel (P430), which is in light configuration, was launched earlier this year by its builder Fincantieri at its shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia). She is expected to complete the sea trials in March 2021 and to be delivered to the Navy in May 2021.
The second PPA vessel, Francesco Morosini (P431), was launched at Fincantieri’s Riva Trigoso Shipyard on May 22.
• 132.5 meters long
• Speed more than 31 knots according to vessel configuration and operational conditions
• 171 persons of the crew
• Equipped with a combined diesel, a gas turbine plant (CODAG) and an electric propulsion system
• Capacity to supply drinking water to land
• Capacity to provide electricity to land with 2000 kw of power
• 2 modular zones at the stern and at the center of the ship that allow the embarking of various types of containerized operating/logistic/residential/healthcare modules (in particular, the stern area may receive and handle within a covered area up to 5 modules in ISO 20” containers, while the central zone may receive and handle up to 8 ISO 20” containers)