West Navaltech Srl was established consequently to a prolonged collaboration between Eng. Livio Franchini and West Africa trading Company Srl.
Eng. Livio Franchini, after his classical studies, graduated in Naval Engineering at the University of Genoa. Once terminated his studies he built his career working firstly at a construction site of work boat units specialized in the maintenance and repair of the Italian Navy and the Italian coast guard vessels . In recent years as technical director and project manager he overlooked the construction or total refitting of over 10 work boats units. These vessel were mostly 14 to 50 meters in length. Furthermore he was in charge of the construction of 11 hulls and respective superstructures in steel and / or aluminum from 39 to 70 meters in length.
WEST AFRICA TRADING COMPANY srl commenced the activity in year 2000 thanks to the many years of experience acquired by the founders of the company in the field of procurement and processing to the Italian Military Navy (Arsenale della Spezia) and shipbuilding. The operations and transactions performed in the two fields allowed us to build contacts and relationships with many internationally recognized Italian and foreign companies and suppliers. Since its foundation WEST AFRICA TRADING COMPNY srl has carried out services exclusively in favor of the COMET Group, which in the meantime had expanded its interests from shipping to new fields such as diving, electrical and mechanical maintenance works through a range of companies which belonged to the group itself: TETHYS-PLANTGERIA LTD, DANELEC LTD, DANELEC FZE, PLANTGERIA.
Throughout this period of time West Africa Trading Company srl contributed to expand the COMET Groups’ businesses. TETHYS-Plantgeria, active in the diving field and supportive to the major players in the oil industry for marine research and oil extraction, was the group company which benefited the most from the collaboration. In order to perform their services, TETHYS – PLANTGERIA ltd first employed three ships and more recently developed its own fleet. Three 26-meter aluminum fast patrol vessels were built and / or transformed through the supervision of West Africa Trading Company srl.
Trading Company also took care of the procurement of all the components
necessary for the maintenance of the COMET fleet. This allowed us to come into contact with major manufacturers of
marine engines and suppliers of various equipment. The intense activity carried
out in more recent years, the experience acquired and the future prospects
based on the Comet Group's need to equip itself with more modern naval units,
have led us to consider the opportunity to expand our business in the naval field
through the establishment of a new company: the "WEST NAVALTECH" Srl
in partnership with Eng. Livio Franchini.