A CEDA Technical Visit to Port of Gijón
27 April 2010, Gijón, Spain
CEDA's second stand-alone technical visit will take CEDA members to Port of Gijón, to see first-hand one of Spain's largest port projects. The project, dubbed ‘Puerto de El Musel' will double the capacity of the port.
The project includes the construction of a 3.880 metre long breakwater, and an extension of 140 hectares of land surface and 145 hectares of water surface within the port. The port will house a modern solid bulk terminal with 1,250 metres of quay berth, and depths up to 27 metres of water. Upon completion of the project, in total 10 million tons of stone and more than 130 thousand concrete blocks of various sizes - the largest being 200 tons - will have been placed by the contractor. The amount of reinforced concrete used for the construction of floating caissons for the breakwater and quays exceeds 500 thousand cubic meters.
At the time of the visit the reclamation works for a new trans-shipment facility for gas and bulk goods will be still ongoing, though they are close to completion. The reclamation works involving approximately 20 million cubic metres of sand are being carried out by the Joint Venture Dravosa (Van Oord's Spanish subsidiary) and Boskalis, using medium-sized trailing suction hoppers.