Ports

Since its inception in 1941, Dragados has been a construction company with a clear maritime vocation, specialised in the design and construction of marine work and with the experience, technology, and specialised equipment necessary for the development of major port infrastructure projects worldwide.

Over the years, and with the support of its Technical Department, Dragados has excelled in the quality of its work on marine and port projects and for its willingness to guarantee contract completion dates on technically complex projects and those with special construction methodology requirements. 

During the years of large investments on port projects in Spain in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century, Dragados worked actively on new port construction and expansion of existing port facilities, finished the construction of a large number of breakwaters and docks, and improved port facilities so that they could better respond to an ever increasing marine traffic, especially that of container ships. Much of the noted work had an important and positive geographical and climatological conditioning effect, and some of those projects have become icons in the marine construction field worldwide.

Dragados has worked on and completed 543 projects within the marine construction field, which can be classified by type, as follows::

  • 57 Expansion and new port projects
  • 173 docks and mooring berths, including the manufacture of approximately 3,000 hollow core cellular box reinforced concrete caissons
  • 17 Vertical breakwaters (new construction)
  • 100 km of sloped and rubble mound breakwaters
  • 31 Large land reclamation and port esplanade construction and paving projects
  • 200 million cubic meters of dredging
  • 93 coastal projects: waterfront areas and beaches
  • 41 outfalls and underground piping
  • Facility construction for 6 shipyards, including slipways, graving docks, and dry docks
  • 19 Bridges whose foundations, partially or completely located in sea waters, required the application of project-specific construction techniques and methodology
RELEVANT FACTS
Expansion and new port projects:
57
Docks and mooring berths, including the manufacture of approximately 3,000 hollow core cellular box reinforced concrete caissons:
173
Vertical breakwaters (new construction):
17
Sloped and rubble mound breakwaters:
70
Large port esplanade construction and paving projects:
31
Dredging works exclusively for maintenance or creation of deeper drafts:
38
Works in waterfront areas and beaches:
93
Submarine outfalls and distribution systems:
41
Shipyards:
6
Bridges with foundations in the sea:
19
TOTAL:
545

More important projects by specialty

New Port Facilities at Punta Langosteira - La Coruña, Spain

The Project includes the construction of a 3,382 m long slope breakwater with 150 ton concrete block protection and a head made out of high density, 178 ton and 195 ton concrete blocks. The breakwater is unique because of its uncommon depth (40m) a... View »

Deltaport Terminal - Delta, British Columbia

Dragados was commissioned by the Province of British Columbia for the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project (DTRRIP), which improved the operational efficiency of rail operations at the Deltaport Terminal. It also aimed to increase... View »

Breakwater at Abra Exterior Port - Bilbao, Spain

A 2,444 m long breakwater with usable water depths in excess of 33m was the first project completed at the Bilbao Exterior Port (Abra). The slope breakwater, the first of its kind in the Cantabrico Sea, is protected by concrete blocks, some weighi... View »

Floating Dock at La Condamine Port Monaco - Monaco, Monaco

This floating dock, constructed as a 352.75m long, 28m wide, and 24.5m high reinforced concrete caisson and designed to allow for the mooring of cruise ships of overall length in excess of 200m, is the longest floating dock in the World. This doub... View »