A fundamental tool for the Port´s competitiveness is the improvement of infrastructure, facilities and services. At the moment, Vilagarcía Port Authority centres its efforts on two proceedings, in the pursuit of short/medium term improved Port operating capacity.
Ferrazo improvements are aimed to guarantee the geotechnical conditions required for the optimization of the exploitation of Ferrazo esplanade.
Construction works consisted in the development of geotechnical procedures for the purpose of achieving an improvement of the soil bearing capacity in order to increase the storage capacity of containers, which will allow the stacking of five containers in height , and also resurfacing works. Prefabricated concrete cobblestones were used for the paving of a 39,000 square metres esplanade, which was prepared for very heavy traffic.
The construction works also included the replacement of public lightning and sanitation. The old office building was dismantled and demolished, and new facilities were built in a different location.
The budget of this construction works, carried out by SACYR, was approximately 3.5 million euros, partly financed through European Cohesion Fund.
Ferrazo Dock Railway
The first phase of this construction works included the enlargement of port railway line from O Ramal dock to Comercial and Comboa dock. Their budget was 5 million euro, and they were approximately 80% financed by the European Cohesion Funds. Construction works -undertaken by the company COMSA- were finished in 2014's first quarter.
The second phase of Ferrazo Dock Railway also was financed through European Cohesion Funds. This works -finished by March 2016- extended the port railway line to Ferrazo dock, providing a railway connection to the container terminal.
Thanks to this investment, all docks in Vilagarcía port dispose of their own railway connection, which highly benefit their operability and competitiveness and ensure an optimal ship-rail intermodality.
As well as widening the Port´s railway track, the construction provided an important renewal of diverse port spaces. These improvements have a special benefit to the Valle-Inclán street surroundings, given that the removal of the wall (which separates the port from the city) has been undertaken. This enabled the development of two driving lanes. Also, the project included new footpaths, cycle lanes and street fittings in all of the areas where it operated. This section is encompassed between the O Ramal roundabout and the port old water tank. The laying of the tracks was exclusively provided on Port authority property.
The carrying out of these works is an indispensable requisite to be able to detach O Ramal dock for strictly port usage. This will permit its integration in the city port, to which also belong the marina, the passenger quay and the Centenario and Miguel Hernández parks.