On 16 June, the West Sea shipyard held the ceremony for the inauguration of the dredging works of the access canal to the shipyard for the minus 6-metre level of the hydrographic zero. The Minister for Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, presided the ceremony with the intervention of Guilhermina Rego – the President of APDL, Carlos Martins – President of Martifer Group, and José Maria Costa – Mayor of Viana do Castelo.
The project aims to improve the access conditions to the Bugio Pier and the shipyard, and it will stimulate industrial development, it will allow larger vessels to enter the port, and it will boost the creation of a competitive cluster in the Portuguese naval industry, increasing the competitiveness of the port infrastructure. The intervention will also improve safety and navigability conditions in the port of Viana do Castelo. The project, which is included in the Strategy to Increase the Competitiveness of the Continent’s Network of Commercial Ports – Horizon 2026, counts on the investment from APDL – Administration of the Ports of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo of around 17.4 million Euros and a private investment of 15 million Euros from West Sea, which will build a new dry dock aligned with the Bugio pier, taking advantage of the old ramp.
The contract has a maximum execution deadline of eight months and has an intervention area of approximately 190 thousand square metres. The new dry dock will allow the docking of vessels up to 220 metres long and 45 metres wide.