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Work on upgrading the Outer Transversal Quay begins

3 November 2023

The Port Authority of Castellon has kicked off refurbishment works on the Outer Transversal Quay and the Heel Quay of the Ro-ro ramp. They have been awarded to the Acciona Construcción and Becsa consortium for an amount of €7,301,055 excluding VAT and have a completion period of 12 months. The purpose of this project is to rebuild the quay and fully restore its serviceability.

The works are to begin with the demolition of the slabs and diaphragm wall enclosures together with building new foundations using high-strength concrete.

The Port Authority of Castellon’s Inspection and Maintenance Plan identified major damage to this quay in both its raised and submerged structure as a result of the marine environment. The inspection uncovered issues including corrosion of the bollards, damage to the paving, partial loss of protection devices and an altered position of some fenders, shortcomings in the frames and holes in the reinforced concrete screens.

Accordingly, PortCastelló decided work needed to be done on the quay to restore its serviceability. This meant that the affected area of the quay had to be partly closed down.

The Chairman of the Port Authority of Castellon, Rubén Ibáñez, said that the work is to be carried out over two stages “to enable one of the areas where work is not yet being done to remain operational.” He added that “this project is designed to upgrade a quay which is crucial for traffic in the Port of Castellon.”

The first section of the Outer Transversal Quay was built in 1987 and consists of a reinforced concrete slab supported on reinforced concrete caissons filled with loose materials. Its purpose was to attract solid bulk traffic. Construction was completed in 1988 and the quay became the largest in the port with a berthing line measuring 251 metres. In 1996, the quay extension project was begun.

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