Press release

June 2018

15 June 2018





From Italian and international market prospects to tailored investment plans supported by the European Union for companies operating in the boating industry, from the development of large yachts to that of small boat leasing and the revamping of boat leasing in general. These were the issues tackled during the “Landscapes for the boating economy, the industry’s best course” panel, held by Italy’s association for their marine industry, UCINA, on Wednesday 13th June at Rapallo during the 2018 SATEC Convention.

It was thanks to the speech by Alessandro Plateroti, Vice Editor-in-Chief of the Sole24Ore (Italy’s most important paper for finance and economics), that the guests could benefit from an expert insight into the political and economic landscapes in Italy and Europe. “Today we are witnessing a fragmentation of global order. The political factor is key, long gone are the times when one voice regulated world trade and political relationships. The USA is undergoing a significant change: Trump is showing just how much a country’s relative weight can make a difference, when strength and economic and financial power are tied to social integration a country can dictate the guidelines for the development of others. Europe is, on the other hand, lacking in its unity, so we are very happy to hear proposals from EBI (European Boating Industry, the association which represents the nautical industry across Europe, author’s note) and UCINA to keep the boating sector out of the trade war”.

Regarding this same tariff issue, Piero Formenti, vice president of UCINA and president of EBI, illustrated the actions taken so far with regards to the president Antonio Tajani and all members of the Italian parliament in Strasbourg, finding aide from other European sector Associations supporting UCINA’s initiative.

Andrea Bianchi, Director of the Industrial policies department, outlined the Italian Confindustria’s proposals for industry policies and thus the opportunities for the boating sector. “Our incentive and support system for companies is highly detailed, we must strengthen communication to ensure UCINA members are able to understand and access the tools which are currently available. We need to work towards plan 4.0 for businesses and go back to focusing on supporting investment”.

As for the leisure boating industry in Italy, Carla Demaria, President of UCINA, stated in no uncertain terms that “current trends are positive and the industry’s revival is solid. The context surrounding us is undoubtedly favourable: among our competitors, France, Spain, Greece and Croatia, have introduced penalties which more than ever benefit Italy. When it comes to boat leasing – Demaria continued – Italy has access to the most secure and reliable system. Europe has initiated infraction procedures for a while now in leasing and hiring with regards to Malta, Cyprus and Greece, while Italy was contacted merely for information for the European Commission regarding hiring and the application of tax exemptions. UCINA was called upon by the Ministry for Economy and Finance to provide a series of technical elements to complete Italy’s response to the European Commission. This is yet another concrete demonstration of these institutions’ and of UCINA’s role in supporting the entire industry”.

With regards to boat leasing, Enrico Duranti, President of Assilea, the Italian Association for leasing, confirmed a growing trend in the sector (+58% in 2017) which has been consolidated in 2018: “Over the first 5 months of this year, we have witnessed a +29% growth compared to the same period of the previous year. Examining financial investment reservations, it emerges that 95% of such investments are aimed at benefitting the central and northern areas of Italy, showing a clear division within the country”.

In this same context, which has also recently witnessed the entry into force of a new Nautical Code and the tightening of tax policies in other countries, new opportunities are available for the large yacht industry in Italy. Alex Mazzoni, CEO of SOS Yachting, an independent company with a vast experience dealing with charter-related issues, operating in Viareggio, Rijeka, Palma de Mallorca and Nice, stated: “Italy is currently the Mediterranean’s number one tourist destination and the most secure and reliable place from a regulatory and tax-related standpoint for the charter market which, not without reason, in 2017 overtook the French market”.

Another sector witnessing a strong development and state-of-the-art innovation in new distribution channels and financial solutions research is that of car rentals, which opens new economic landscapes and opportunities, soon to be implemented by the leisure sector as well. “I believe that the long-term hiring model over the next few years could be a more popular model for boating and more adequate for family needs” – added Paolo Ghinolfi, CEO of Sifà – BPER Group, Italy’s new source of tailored plans for personalised mobility. “Here’s a statistic everyone can appreciate: for long-term hiring in 1995, 5000 cars were registered. In 2017 that number was over 350,000. This transformation, which is also a cultural shift, from purchase to use brings with it a series of technological innovations such as digitalisation, use of apps, preventive maintenance and an organisation which is witnessing a trade network increasingly adapted to post-sale assistance”.


Rapallo, 13th June 2018

15 June 2018


UCINA SATEC CONVENTION 2018: the 29th edition of the Boating Pioneers Award ceremony was held at the fabulous Villa Durazzo in Santa Margherita Ligure

UCINA SATEC CONVENTION 2018: the 29th edition of the Boating Pioneers Award ceremony was held at the fabulous Villa Durazzo in Santa Margherita Ligure

Awards were handed out to the managers, craftsmen, planners and Italian and international journalists who have made significant contributions to Italy’s vast nautical heritage.

Yesterday the 2018 UCINA SATEC Convention concluded the day’s events with the 29th edition of the Boating Pioneers Award ceremony.

Admiral Nunzio Martello, Chief of the 1st Dept. – Coast Guard Personnel – and Carla Demaria, President of UCINA (the Italian Marine Industry Association), presented the 29th Boating Pioneers Award ceremony, in the beautiful gardens of Villa Durazzo.
For the manager category, awards were given to Giuseppe Carnevali, president (until a few months ago) and co-founder of Navionics, a company which launched Geonav 35 years ago, the first map plotter in history, along with Ruggiero Di Luggo, 92, president of the Fiart Mare shipyard, whose entrepreneurial skills also earned him the Order of Merit for Labour (Ordine al Merito del Lavoro).
Adriano Patrignani was acknowledged as a Boating industry Pioneer with his award in the craftsmen category, for the tremendous professional and human qualities he has demonstrated since his career began in Chris Craft Italy. Hugo Andreae received the Pioneer Award for international journalists, the editor-in-chief of Motor Boat & Yachting who can boast decades of experience in the field of nautical journalism.
In the category for planners and designers, Gabriele Zucconi, the highly experienced Italian Navy engineer who along with the Rossi Brothers (F.lli Rossi) made history in the Rossinavi shipyard.
Franco Pace also received an award for being a Boating Pioneer in the category for Italian journalists, acknowledged because of his photography which over three decades has managed to tell stories of the sea and capture the beauty of sailing, raising him to international fame.

The 2018 edition also witnessed a Special Jury Prize, which was given to Raffaele Ranucci, Senator of the XVI Legislation of the Republic of Italy and former vice president of the Public Works Commission, in recognition of his passion and determination in bringing both the Chamber and Government to finally approve the reform of the Nautical Code for the leisure boating sector.

The Boating Pioneers Award ceremony, established by UCINA in 1988 recognises the commitment, dedication and skills of businessmen, managers, craftsmen, operators and journalists who have believed and will continue to believe passionately in this sector.










Genoa, 14th June 2018

15 June 2018




Andrea Razeto, Vice President of the Italian Marine Industry Association, UCINA, has been nominated President of ICOMIA – the International Council of Marine Industry Associations – for 2018-2020

Friday 8th June, during the ICOMIA General Assembly in Berlin, their new Executive Committee was finally elected and its President for 2018-2020 will be none other than Andrea Razeto, currently Vice President of both UCINA and the global Association itself.

Since 1965 ICOMIA (the International Council of Marine Industry Associations) has acted as an Association of Associations, focused on developing a single voice for the world’s boating industry, uniting under its banner the world’s top forty national nautical federations.

Being elected President of the world’s nautical industry federation is an enormous honour and an equally important responsibility, especially now that faith is being restored and growth is one again being seen in nautical markets worldwide – stated Andrea Razeto -. To be at the helm of ICOMIA is also a clear acknowledgement of the Italian nautical industry’s place within an increasingly dynamic, complex and globalised playing field: UCINA will strive to maintain its international commitments, proactively contributing its technical insights to the Federation’s work groups.”

Carla Demaria, President of Ucina – the Italian Marine Industry Association – underlines the significance of such a nomination: “Andrea Razeto’s Italian presidency in charge of ICOMIA for 2018-2020, following that of fellow Italian Lorenzo Selva in 2010, is yet another confirmation of the tremendous work our Association brings to the table, representing our country’s nautical industry on the world stage.”

Andrea Razeto takes on the role after the previous Finnish presidency of Jouko Huju.

Born in Recco (in the province of Genoa) in 1967, Razeto is Councillor and CEO of the metal business “F.lli Razeto Casareto S.p.A.”, founded in 1920.
Since 2012 he has acted as Vice President of UCINA, the Italian association which represents Italian industries and companies involved in leisure boating, and since 2015 Razeto has also acted as Vice President of ICOMIA itself.

ICOMIA unites nautical industry associations from across the world and it is its mission to promote and support the development of the nautical industry, leisure boating, the standardisation and harmonisation of navigation rules and regulations, coastal tourism, the nautical construction industry and navigation safety, collaborating with IMO (the International Maritime Organization), ISO (the International Organization for Standardization), IMCI (the International Marine Certification Institute), the European Commission and other Bodies.

40 countries are represented by ICOMIA: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Malta, Holland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Great Britain, USA.

Genoa, 8 giugno 2018

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