Rimorchiatori Riuniti
From Genoa to the world 100 years anniversary

Opening tomorrow at the Galata Museum of the Sea “Rimorchiatori Riuniti From Genoa to the world 100 years anniversary”, a multimedia journey through 100 years of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group is an important addition to the Sala Armatori of the museum.

Moving video stories, models and a selection of paintings accompany the visitor through the most important steps in the story of the Group.

During the exhibition, which runs until 9 January, there will be other supporting initiatives: “Martedì dei Rimorchiatori” and guided visits of the Pier to Pier path and the area around the Parodi Bridge and Darsena Basin in Carenaggio.

A multimedia journey to discover 100 ears of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group, from 1922 through the main protagonists of the world of shipping.

“Rimorchiatori Riuniti From Genoa to the world 100 years anniversary” is the expository project of Rimorchiatori Riuniti in collaboration with Mu.MA and the Association of Museums of the Sea Promotors, that will open to the public tomorrow in the Sala degli Aramatori at the Galata Museum of the Sea, the biggest and innovative maritime museum of the Mediterranean based in Genova, and will run until Friday 9 January.

Born from an idea of Gregorio Gavarone – President of Rimorchiatori Riuniti, the exhibition takes the visitor on an immersive journey that integrates with the atmosphere of the Room which is dedicated to the history of the Italian navy, and which has been set up specifically for the occasion.

“This exhibition wants to be a tribute to all of the people who, from 1922, have contributed to the success of Rimorchiatori Riuniti in the international market. If our Group achieved extraordinary results, it’s due to the contribution and the hard work of all of those in the Group who, over the years, supported the Group in its growth” declared Gregorio Gavarone, President, Rimorchiatori Riuniti.
We are very happy to host the festival of Rimorchiatori Riuniti at the Galata Museum of the Sea” said the Director of Mu.MA, Pierangelo Campodionico, “which, more than ever, is the home of Genovese of the sea. An agency with roots in ancient history, who survived the twentieth century to reach us the field of armaments and port services. Brought to life by unforgettable people, like Giovanni Gavarone, called “U-sciù Giovanni”, it is a historical exponent of a class of shipowners who have lived through crises, passed through a world war with the annihilation of their flotilla, but who managed to pass the baton, and families such as Gavarone and Dellepiane together with all of the shareholders have helped Rimorchiatori Riuniti survive to today in all its glory. I like to think that our museum is a two-faced Giano that looks both to the past and the future: partners such as Rimorchiatori Riuniti help us to do just that”.
The exhibition unwinds through sensory displays that accompany the visitor through the hundred years of history of the Genova-based Group. Three large video projections recount the story of the port trailer inside some of the main world ports where the Group operates.

Also on display are a selection of representative models that show the evolution of the fleet for towing operations, arranged inside display cases with touch screen monitors in front containing information and multimedia content about the history of the Group and the characteristics of the models displayed.

Among the multimedia content there is also a moving film that celebrates 100 years of the Group, retracing the main steps in its evolution.

The exhibition finishes with a final video – an account of how you move a tug and a selection of paintings by Giorgio Oikonomoy, Raimondo Sirotti, Valérie Trentin, Leonard Sherifi, Stefano Bortolin and Andrea Giovannini which come from the private collection of the Rimorchiatori Riuniti.

The “Sala degli Armatori” was created in 2017 with the aim of representing the evolution of a specific economic world that managed to leave behind the traditional sails and transform towards a modern navigational method, the steam. This new exhibition presents around 30 models of mercantile and passenger ships. The exposition develops in two displays each more than 45 metres long that cover the walls of the room where they ‘navigate’ ship models that were in the museums stores or in the office of the ship owners and are now shown to the public for the first time: Motocisterna Ardor, m/n Capitano Bottego, Motocisterna Carlo Cameli, Supramax DACC Tirreno, Piroscafo Jupiter, m/n Crispi, m/n Clidewater, m/n Flavia Costa, Piroscafo Citta di Messina FFSS, i Rimorchiatori Valletta, Svezia e Francia, Bulkcarrier Sea Fox, Nave Ro-Ro Jolly Titanio, Cargo Ship Bulk Limpopo, Piroscafo Caterina Madre, m/n Amalia, m/n Drin, Ferry Cruise Forza. Further, through the support of the funders of the projects and thanks to the hard work of restorers, it has been possible to return an important piece of heritage to the public. A model of Liberty, The Bianca Corrado, has been built specifically for this exhibition. Liberty is the ship which signalled the recreation of the Italian mercantile flotilla during the Second World War. The visitor journey is made even more immersive thanks to the additional of a simulator that offers the possibility to experience being a pilot of a Tug in the port of Genova in different sea and weather conditions.

For the duration of the exposition, until 9 January thanks to the collaboration between the Rimorchiatori Riuniti Group and the Association of Museums of the Sea Promotors there are other supporting initiatives. “Martedì dei Rimorchiatori” on Tuesday 8, 15, 22 and 29 November will see the entry price to visit the museum reduced to 6 Euro from 17 Euro.

Saturday 12 November and Sunday 11 December between 9.30 and 12.30 there will be visits to the Pier to Pier Path and to the area of the Parodi Bridge and Darsena Basin in Carenaggio, accompanied by the architect Guido Rosato, who co-founded the inGE Association. Following lunch, the guided tour will end with a free visit to the Galata Museum of the Sea.

The opportunity, comprising the guided tour through collapsed and old piers and entrance to the Museum, ticket valid until the end of day (6:00pm), costs 12 Euro per person paid to the Museum and 2 Euro paid directly to the inGE Association for the hire of the radio guide. Bookings must be made before 12 noon on the Friday before via percorsi@inge-cultura.org.
Pier to Pier is a walking tour to discover how the port functioned between 1800 and 1900 and how it transformed during this period. The tour starts from the still visible origins of the ancient port of Genova which has been transformed from an operative port into an integral and vital part of the urban fabric of the city. The tour highlights buildings, equipment, technology and sources of energy, work and people; everything that has been conserved from the ancient city. Alongside the history, you will learn to read the countryside, to imagine sounds and stories and to reflect on the relationship between man and machine.

Opening Hours of Galata Museum of the Sea:
Until 28 February the museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 6pm (last entry at 5pm); Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 to 7pm (last entry at 6pm).

Galata Museum of the Sea and Nazario Sauro submarine: full prize 17 Euro, Reduced tickets 12 Euro, School tickets 7.50 Euro, Families 38 Euro. Special promotion “Martedì dei Rimorchiatori” from Tuesday 8 November until Tuesday 29 November, museum visits for 6 Euro instead of 17 Euro.