Lusben restructures senior leaders and reveals 2023 investment plan


Lusben has appointed new members to its senior leadership team following a corporate restructure. The Azimut-Benetti refit and repair brand has also revealed investment plans for its Varazze and Livorno (pictured) shipyards in 2023.

The Azimut-Benetti group said the appointments and investments were in response to growing demand in the superyacht refit and maintenance sector, particularly with vessels over 100m (328ft).

The firm will be headed by Giorgio Casareto as general manager. He is joined by Giovanni Paladino as commercial director and Alessandro Lazzerini as operations director. The trio of executives will work alongside Lusben’s procurement manager, Leonardo Santini, to streamline the structure for the firm’s Livorno, Viareggio and Varazze sites in Italy.

Lusben has invested €12m ($12.8m) into upgrading of its Livorno refit facility, with renovation works currently underway, the total area of the site will amount to around 220,000msq (54 acre) . This will include a 90,000msq construction yard that will enable work on three boats over 100m simultaneously and 130,000msq of water area.

The number of berths available will also rise to 72. The site also offers a 2,400t lift, a 180m floating dock with a capacity of 18,000t and a closed dock to work on yachts at their moorings.

The Varazze site on the northwestern coast, currently in its planning stage, will have around €7m of investment over the course of the year. The facility will have a total of 27 berths and upgraded accommodation for guests and crew.