Baldo Messina, MSc Eng

Baldo MessinaitalyAfter completing a highly specializing five years course at University of Genoa (Italy), I graduated with a MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in March 2012.

As final thesis of the MSc, I developed a feasibility study of a new LNG bunkering barge which was sponsored by Rolls Royce and Argos Oil and it had been granted for the ABS Scholarship 2011.

The choice of studying such niche subjects was already clear to me since the high school; I was absolutely fascinated and amazed by the “steel giants” which I could see at the quays of Palermo, my hometown; therefore I left Palermo for attending the University in Genoa and I do not regret this choice at all.

I started my career in October 2012 with the Dutch company Damen Shipyard Gorinchem, headquarter of Damen Shipyard Group, in the research department.

Within this department I had the chance to focus either on fundamental theoretical studies, such as the hydrodynamics assessment of the navigation in shallow and restricted waters with particular interest on the pusher and barges convoys, and on more practical aspects of the shipbuilding industry, such as sea trials and performance predictions.

Since January 2015 I am appointed as Design & Proposal engineer for the workboats product group. In this new function I am dealing more with the design and cost estimation aspect of the new vessels.

Despite I am freshly graduated engineer with few years of working experience, I have to admit that I do really like the maritime world for its natural internationality and the continuous challenges.