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In 1980 Carmelo Vaccara, Naval Architects resigning officer from Italian Navy, opened for business as technical manager to a Switzerland based shipping company Owners of six vessels fleet to an aggregate of 400.000 DWT.
Ship repairs and dry-docking had been surveyed all over Europe and far East.
Polish yard survey carried out for the delivery of two container vessels.

The actual STM activity started in 1984 when merss OARN Genoa, the Fincantieri Ship Repair Division, commissioned to a team of specialists, leaded by mr Vaccara and grouped in STM, the design and the engineering for refitting a refrigerated cargo ship.

The eighties have been busy for vessels to refit and build and STM was called to participate in the design and in the yards engineering activities. The assignments were carried out with great individual efforts, with constant improving organization and consolidated staff.

STM ship-management, involved in the technical management of a fleet of bulkers, car carriers and obos, declined, due to the retirement of the individual Owners assisted for nine years, to a spot assistance to Owners of parcel chemical carrier vessels, only.

The nineties started poor of new buildings and shipping suffered in Italy a consistent crises. Intermarine Spa minesweepers design for the USA Navy offered STM the opportunity to open a branch office in Sarzana to closer assist the designer/builder shipyard.
Resources coming from different experiences and fields joined in the group of resident technicians and STM became capable to offer technical services to off-shore oil and gas and land based industries.
The entire fleet of eight Somaly ocean fisheries and two refrigerated cargoes ships entered in the STM ship management department. A branch office was opened in Reggio Emilia to assist the commercial operation of the Somali participated Ownership.
Nevertheless infrastructure and personnel investments have been carried out in spite of the uncertain future: a wide range of professionals were associated in STM and many specialized software brought in a network of advanced PC – some fourteen young technicians were employed supported and led by experts.
In late nineties the commercial ship building market recovered and STM cooperated in the detailed design of a new series of ro-ro pax and fast ferries for state owned and private shipyards.

The first ten years of new century started under new light, the return of the offshore commitments and the entry in the mega yacht design.

STM assisted an American entrepreneur to build a series of 153’ light alloy mega yacht. STM was the right side of the venture, from her first aluminium strake up to her shipment on the yacht transportation barge. When the first mega yacht was exposed at the Monaco boat show, STM met a Spanish yard willing to receive same technical assistance for a 150” steel hull and aluminium superstructure mega yachts design and engineering.

The giant Kashagan Oil Field Development started and STM had been deeply involved in the basic design of barges and pontoons, assessment of motion analysis and stability calculation for the transport of pipe racks and several structures. Design and calculation of sea fastenings and lifting operations.
The G.E. Nuovo Pignone commited the engineering design of two Raw Gas Injection barges to be built in La Spezia.
Saipem commited STM with the refitting of “an old lady barge” for the trenching services.

Maritime Security – Downstream 2001 September eleven the IMO SOLAS – ISPS Code had been emanated, and STM taking advantage from the extensive experience from both the naval and commercial sectors, built the maritime security department providing security vulnerability assessments, risk analysis, mitigation strategies, security consultancy services and technical solutions to shipping companies, commercial facilities and terminal operators.
STM provided also a range of internationally accredited training courses compliant with IMO standard and up-to-date by maritime security guidelines issued by the Italian Coast Guard to fulfil both regulatory and company requirements.

DLS 271 – consultancy to ship’s Owners of new and existing vessel registered in Italy to survey and recommend changes to accommodation arrangement and safety of crew working on board to comply with Italian law.

STM carried out several feasibility studies and conceptual designs – including basic ship design, general arrangements, speed power prediction, basic structure design. Yard assistance for tendering, main items technical specifications prepared for tendering. Type of vessel: 30 m FiFi anchor handling tug, 75 m Platform Supply vessel, 28 m Crew boat, 18 m R:A:F:F rescue boat and FiFi, 82 m High Speed Craft.

Self elevating Drilling Rig – lightship and COG calculation due to weight changes for class approval

S 10000 DRILLING VESSEL – BOP elephant feet – auxiliary support structural design, FEM analysis and supplied drawings for class approval.

Expert advice, testimony, casualty reporting and investigation, STM provided accident investigation, forensic engineering analysis and litigation support.

Since 2010, STM continue to provide engineering services, including naval architecture and stress analysis, ship’s structures and plants design, casualty investigation, etc. Moreover the main Commitment had been:

  • STM was called to perform the basic design of a shipyard capable to build # 3 * 60,000 DWT tankers a year and carry out the maintenanca and general services for ships rigs and this type of fleet. A group of specialist consisting of ship designer, civil and maritime infrastructures and breakwaters, equipment and building process has been coordinate for one year of work on the project. After the cost assessment, several shipyard alternatives were considered.

  • STM was called to perform the basic design of a 200*50 m platform for the gas and oil production modules, structure and plants

  • with motion analysis and installation marine operation engineering had been performed with various vessels and barges.

  • STM was committed to check the compliance of vessel stability with the Stockholm Agreement and to design the necessary changes to achieve the point.

  • # three decks and new funs were added – STM was called to cooperate in the design and engineering of new systems, supplements and changes of existing systems.

  • STM assisted Owners attending the light ship weight checks.