Italian PM gets support to keep Fincantieri yard open

Italian PM gets support to keep Fincantieri yard open

A Fincantieri-controlled shipyard has avoided closure after Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi won the support of parliament on Tuesday to keep it open.

Prosecutors had threatened to close the yard at the port of Monfalcone, northeast Italy, after finding that the yard’s industrial waste storage procedures broke environmental laws.

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies, or lower house of the legislature, voted 364 to 185 in a vote of confidence to pass an emergency decree, which is the legislation Renzi will use to keep the yard open. The upper house Senate has also approved the decree, Reuters reports.

Around 1,500 people are employed at the yard, and a further 3,000 in its supply chain.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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