Venice, the city that took centuries to build using wood resources from the Croatian part of the Adriatic, as well as stone from Brač quarry, is again getting saved by Croats. Unlike those former historical circumstances, this time, the project represents a great opportunity for Croatian companies.
Due to extreme climate change and the sea level rapidly rising, Venice is facing the danger of starting to sink a few decades from now, and in a century’s time, a major part of the city might end up submerged.
Expedited works aiming to save Venice are currently underway. A couple of years ago, stone was already being excavated in a quarry near Šibenik, and these days, Brodosplit shipyard from Split is building dams to prevent the sea further flooding the city.
After a number of international contests and Brodosplit being selected as the best construction company, contracts were signed for building 63 steel dams that would be installed at the corridors of Malamocco, Chioggia and San Nicolo. The dams are currently getting installed at Malamocco. It’s the second out of four corridors planned as part of the tide defence system, and 16 mobile dams have already been installed. The steel dams built for Malamocco corridor are 29.5m long, 20m wide and 4.5m high, and are the largest in the entire dam system in the laguna. In accordance with the contract, Brodosplit has built, transported and delivered 43 steel dams to Venice, while the remaining 20 for San Nicolo corridor are currently going through different phases of the manufacturing process.
The installation of the first dam in February 2017 has been very successful, and in a way had Brodosplit passing the quality test. The experience and expertise of Split shipyard were the main arguments that made the Italian consortium for architecture and construction ‘Venezia Nuova’ choose Brodosplit to be their partner in one of the biggest construction projects in Italian history.
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