The final design of the new Venice Offshore-Onshore Port System (VOOPS) has been awarded to Italian-Chinese consortium 4C3, led by the China Communication Constructions Company Group (CCCC Group).

Although the solicitation for the new terminal was an international affair, only 4C3, which includes including companies 3Ti Progetti Italia and E-Ambiente, passed the strict selection requirements of the solicitation and aimed at obtaining a high design standard.

A spokesperson from Venice Port Authority said: “Some of the best design and construction companies took an interest in what, until not long ago, was just an idea on paper. With their support, they contributed to make it a credible, sustainable and interesting project.”

“It’s a positive response to our efforts but also a response, hopefully incontrovertible, to all those sceptical, and often critical of the possibility to find a partner willing to build a state-of-the-art port system which may give Venice, Italy and Europe an effective goods delivery and forwarding capacity, meeting the expectations of the Italian and foreign manufacturing world.”

Venice’s Offshore Onshore Port System includes the design for the offshore platform off the Malamocco district and the first container terminal to be established in the Montesyndial area at Porto Marghera.

The €4m contract will see the consortium in charge of developing the final design of the dam and the container bay of the offshore terminal, along with the connection to the onshore terminal of Marghera in the Montesyndial. It will also include monitoring activities and environmental surveys for a total of 180 days.

By Anne-Marie Causer