December 01, 2023
Webuild: work continues unabated at the offshore construction site of the New Genoa Breakwater
Works started on the second block of columns of the project
600 thousand tons of gravel already laid on the seabed
Genoa, December 1, 2023 - Activities at the offshore construction site of the continue unabated. To date, more than 600,000 tons of gravel have already been laid on the seabed off the city, thanks to the continuous trips of the three ships between Genoa and the Spanish city of Cartagena, to load the gravel needed to build the columns, reaching the goal of laying more than 170,000 tons of material per month. In the "Test Camp 1" area, the 862 gravel columns have been completed, and the installation activities of the geotechnical monitoring instrumentation are beginning.
The New Genoa Breakwater involves more than 1,000 people, including direct and third-party personnel, at work to build it, engaging more than 80 companies in the supply chain to date, almost all Italian. Commissioned by the Western Ligurian Sea Port System Authority, it is a strategic project, of European as well as national and local significance, which is co-financed by the Italian government with resources from the PNRR Supplementary Fund. The New Genoa Breakwater will enhance the maritime accessibility of the port of Genoa by consolidating the strategic role of the city's port system within the Rhine-Alpes Corridor of the TEN-T trans-European transport network, a corridor that runs from Genoa to Rotterdam and of which the , also implemented by Webuild, is an integral part.
The New Breakwater, unique in engineering terms, will be 6,200 meters long in its final configuration and will replace the existing breakwater, positioning itself at a distance from the quay that is useful to allow access to the port even for "Ultra large" (ULCV) modern ships, which today suffer limitations due to reduced maneuvering space.