The Government of Spain has authorized the contracting of the works for the conditioning project of the external transversal wharf of the port of Castellón, for a value of 11,730,550.54 euros, VAT included. As it is a work that exceeds 6 million euros, it has had the approval of the General Secretariat for Transport, Mobility and Agenda.
The objective of this project is to rebuild the pier and restore one hundred percent of its functionality, given that the Port Authority’s Inspections and Maintenance Plan detected in 2019 serious structural problems in this infrastructure, derived from the marine environment and defective execution. . These damages forced PortCastelló to partially close the affected part of the pier.
The actions planned in the project include the demolition of the existing slab and the reconstruction by means of a skylight pier, keeping the screened enclosures and the land confined inside, including the heel pier of the ro-ro ramp. All of this will take place in various phases. The period for submitting offers to undertake this work begins on December 30 and will remain open until January 26, 2023.
The president of the Port Authority of Castellón, Rafa Simó, has affirmed that “a port is, mainly, what happens in its docks and in PortCastelló we had pending the conditioning of the external transversal dock which, unfortunately, is having limited use for reasons of security due to its state of conservation”.
He added that “now, we can finally give the green light to a work of almost 10 million euros, excluding VAT, which will serve to fully recover port operations at said dock and, in addition, generate economic activity with the reconstruction of the infrastructure itself.
The construction of this pier began in 1983 for 350 million pesetas with the aim of attracting solid bulk traffic. The works were completed in 1988 and with this the quay became the largest in the port of Castellón with a berthing line of 235 meters and a draft of 10 metres. In 1996 the dock extension project was promoted.