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.
In December 2011 started construction work, which consist of the construction of foundation, beam and rails to support new port container cranes in the North alignment, improvement of the soil bearing capacity and resurfacing works. These works are being carried out by Sacyr, a company which is also responsible for the constructive project. The development has a budget of 4 million euro.
With these developments the port will improve the operability of its facilities for general cargo (and specifically, container traffic) putting at its customers disposal several services of general interest for their commercial trade activity.
The construction developments will increase the storage capacity of containers, which will allow the stacking of five containers in height, as well as preparing the area for the placement of new cranes in the North alignment.
Ferrazo Dock Railway (1st phase)
The objective of this construction is the extension of the current Vilagarcía Port railway line to Commercial and Comboa docks. The construction works had a budget of 5 million euro and 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 will be undertaken to extend the rail tracks to the Ferrazo dock.
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 is 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.