A few days ago, the last delivery of the steel gates to save Venice from high waters set off from a Croatian shipyard.
Almost four years ago, in a strong international competition of many shipbuilders and manufacturers of steel structures, the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit was selected to participate in one of the largest construction projects in Italy's history.
The project ''Mose'' (Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico) worth more than 7 billion Euros is a project of protecting Venice from flooding. The Italian city usually floods fifty times a year, mostly in autumn and winter months, whilst every fifth year the entire city slightly sinks under the sea surface.
The Italian architectural and construction consortium Venezia Nuova selected the Croatian shipyard for construction of 63 steel gates in order to protect Venice from big problems caused by high tides.
‘’The Mose System – Constructing with nature, saving Venezia’’ project envisaged the gates to be installed at the Lido Tre Porti, Malamocco, Chioggia and Lido San Nicolo inlets situated between the sea and the Venice Lagoon. Thus, the main aim is to close all four canals just before the tide comes from the open sea. The project predicted the installation of 78 gates with a life span of around 100 years.
The steel gates are constructed as special reservoirs filled with air, i.e. water. When filled with water the gates rest at the sea bottom, but when the tide approaches, they are filled with air and lifted towards the sea surface in order to close the entrances to the Venice Lagoon. When the danger passes, the air is pumped out of the gates, which are then filled with water again and placed on the seabed.
Therefore, Brodosplit has delivered 63 gates of dimensions 27-30 x 20 metres, 4-5 metres in height and approx. 300 tonnes in weight. This deal is worth more than 75 million Euros and includes 20,000 tonnes of built-in steel with other corrosion protection, final equipment and transport works.
‘’Brodosplit workers are extremely proud of this project because it is achieved in the strong international competition of many shipbuilders and manufacturers of steel structures. Brodosplit will remain permanently on the list of companies that participated in one of the largest construction projects in history of Italy and contributed to saving Venice from major problems caused by high tides’’, said from Brodosplit.