Fishing Shipbuilding in Argentina
100 Years (1950 – 2050)

Raúl E. Podetti
Domingo J. Contessi

The authors, Contessi and Podetti – together with distinguished collaborators – share their insight as protagonists of this dynamic sector of the national maritime field. Their experience as ship builders, shipowners and well-known businessmen of the field allows them to bring retrospective and prospective visions about this activity.

Like the rest of the publications, the research is divided into four parts: History, Industry, Politics and Future. The first three refer to the most relevant aspects of this activity in the last 70 years (1950 – 2020), with an emphasis on the most recent ones.

The last part takes the bases of the other three and goes over a series of proposals and future impactful projections for the next three decades, therefore completing the century suggested on the thesis.

There is a revision and examination of the historical, industrial and political analysis presented in Federico Contessi. His life, his books and Argentine Maritime Industry – 100 Years (1937 – 2036), specifically in relation to the fishing sector.

The book will portray a detailed Timeline of the activity to clearly identify the cause-effect relations between politics and development. Among others, the following studies and analysis will be included:

  • Regulatory scheme, main participants of the industry and role of the State
  • Characteristics of the national aquatic richness, compared to other countries
  • Fishing politics of other countries and their impact on development, with its proper comparison with Argentina
  • Evolution and dynamics of the national fishing economics and its relation with providing shipyards
  • Evolution of naval parts supliers and the dynamics of the local contents
  • Database with all the fishing ships (local and imported), analysis and capture volumes
  • The vision of a fishing ship owner at the acquisition of a vessel.

With this powerful analytic base, the authors will create a model to help quantify the economic, social and environmental impacts for future scenarios which are defined by the combination of natural and industrial factors. The latter come up as an answer to the right national sustainable politics.

Therefore, after elaborating on the main measures necessary to achieve an accordant development (Politics), the volume will constitute its last chapter (Future), scheming the activity for the next 30 years while identifying financial needs, among others.

Finally, there will be a consideration for future technological and other needs in order to outdo the changes that will be needed in order for the sector to continue to be competitive.

In development

This research was carried out by Ing. Raúl E. Podetti with the collaboration of  Domingo J. Contessi

Domingo Jose Contessi

Born in Mar del Plata in 1969, he is the son of Federico Contessi, a well-known business man and pioneer of the shipbuilding industry in such fishing harbor.

He studied at the Colegio Peralta Ramos and has studies as Accountant at the National University of Mar del Plata.

He started working at his father’s shipyard at a young age, which helped him get involved in the institutional, commercial and communication areas of the company.

He became Director of Federico Contessi & Co. Shipyard in the early 1990s and became its President in 2018. He is the Director of Pesquera Veraz S. A. and Explotación Pesquera de la Patagonia S. A., both of which are part of the Veraz Group. Nowadays he is Secretary for the Shipbuilding Chamber of Mar del Plata and Vice President of the Argentine Federation of Shipbuilding Industry (FINA).

In 2016 he published Federico Contessi. His life, his ships, of which he has co-authorship.

In Argentine Fishing Maritime Industry, Contessi gives his vision as the well-known ship constructor and fishing shipowner he is.

Domingo Jose Contessi
Federico Contessi

Argentine Naval Fishing Industry. Political Foundations

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