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Protecting marine life around the new Genoa breakwater

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Genoa, Italy (Ports Europe) March 25, 2024 – The Webuild-led consortium and the Genoa Aquarium (Acquario di Genova) have set up a partnership to protect the marine ecosystem in the underwater construction site of the new Genoa breakwater.

The arrangement will help protect marine life taken from the seabed where the works are being carried out. Various species will be temporarily transferred to a special structure. When the works are completed, they will be returned to their original location off the coast of Genoa. Underwater analyses will be carried out along the entire seabed of the new breakwater, in coordination with expert scientific operators and marine biologists.

Marine life

Some specimens of gorgonia, colonial invertebrates belonging to the Leptogorgia sarmentosa species, have already been transferred to the aquarium. They will be looked after by a team of biologists. Gorgonia live at depths of up to 200 metres. Although they look like plants, they are marine animals (colonial invertebrates). Like corals, they are made up of small animals called polyps, which act as a single organism.

The Genoa Aquarium is managed by Costa Edutainment.

The arrangement between Webuild and the Genoa Aquarium was promoted and authorised by the Italian Ministry for the Environment and Energy Safety.

The new breakwater

The new breakwater is being built by the Webuild-led consortium, with Fincantieri Infrastructure Opere Marittime, Fincosit and Sidra, on behalf of the Western Liguria Sea Port Authority.

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Currently, along the seabed where the new breakwater will be built, technical activities are being carried out. This involves the construction of more than 2,400 submerged gravel columns, the laying of about 1.2 million tonnes of material and the search for underwater unexploded ordnance. This is due to be completed by the end of this summer.

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