A major US shipbuilder, Fincantieri Marinette Marine was awarded the contract to produce the US Navy’s Constellation-class frigate in 2020. To accommodate these larger vessels, FMM completed a significant workspace expansion project as part of a $300M capital expenditure. FMM aimed to expedite the production of Constellation-Class frigates by eliminating production bottlenecks, specifically in the surface preparation and coating phase. They sought a state-of-the-art blast and paint facility to enhance shipyard efficiency.
To deliver FMM’s needs, a modernized blast and paint facility was designed and built by BlastOne International. The facility encompasses 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled finishing space, featuring two dedicated painting bays and two blast and paint combination bays. It has a capacity for 16 blasters and eight paint sprayers across four modules, optimizing space and output. The facility prioritizes safety with state-of-the-art ventilation systems, continuous air quality monitoring, and camera systems. Additionally, it maximizes energy efficiency by utilizing heat from the compressed air plant for winter heating.
Optimized Space25,000 square feet of climate-controlled finishing space with two dedicated painting bays and two blast and paint combination bays.
Maximum OutputCapacity for 16 blasters and eight paint sprayers across four modules.
Enhanced SafetyEach of the four process areas are equipped with state-of-the-art ventilation systems with continuous air quality monitoring as well as camera systems to increase the safety of FMM personnel.
Maximum Energy EfficiencyUtilization of heat from the compressed air plant for winter heating.
“This improved facility allows for larger portions of ships to be prepared and painted with modern environmental controls, ensuring our shipyard remains one of the safest, most efficient, and environmentally responsible in America.”
Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Fincantieri
“As speed and deliverability are critical to FMM’s success, contracting BlastOne in a Design-Build capacity allowed us to streamline processes and deliver the facility at a 25% lower cost and in a 30% faster time-frame than traditional Design-Bid-Build projects. The faster we delivered for them, the faster they can continue to deliver for the US Navy.”
Matthew Rowland, CEO of BlastOne
The completion of the advanced blast and paint facility has significantly improved FMM’s shipyard efficiency. Larger portions of ships can now be prepared and painted with modern environmental controls, ensuring safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility. This enhancement enables FMM to expedite the delivery of Constellation-Class frigates to the US Navy, contributing to the Navy’s commitment to modernize the American Fleet.