In those early days its main concern was the on-board maintenance of coffee machines, dish washers and other food service equipment for the galleys, bars and pantries of ships in the port of Genoa. The company also supplied and installed ready made equipment.
A contract was signed with what was then Italcantieri, and their vessels in various different shipyards were fitted with our ranges, kettles, griddles and fridges. This convention lasted for more than 15 years.
At the beginning of the seventies, Gaioni participated in the great conversion project of the Sitmar sister ships Fairsea and Fairwind in the Arsenale Triestino shipyard in Trieste.
This was the company’s first experience of the American USPHS regulatory standards established for passenger ships operating in the USA.
Gaioni was amongst the first companies to take advantage of these market changes and become involved in this sector, successfully participating in new constructions carried out at Chantiers du Nord de la Mediterranèe in La Seyne sur Mer (1981 – 1983), Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Kockum in Malmoe and Wartsila in Helsinki (1983 – 1988).
Through the experience gained in those years, the company acquired an extensive knowledge of the USPHS standards, leading not only to the successful realisation of products with innovative technical characteristics but also new, invaluable knowledge relating to the on-board installation of the equipment itself.
These techniques are still in use today.
In 2000 Lucio (the third generation) joined the management when the company was engaged in the turnkey installation of Millennium series ships for Celebrity Cruisese at Chantiers de l’Atlantique, its first megayacht at the French shipyard of Alstom Leroux Naval and simultaneously participated in the construction of the Horizon frigates for the italian and french Navies with DCN and Fincantieri.